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A tweet is just a tweet...until you analyse it!

by Super Contributor on ‎06-02-2017 03:05 PM (1,741 Views)

I recently was asked to start exploring Twitter analysis. I must admit I was nervous as I’ve tried text analytics in the past. Beyond PERL Expressions in SQL, more complex analysis of text has always seemed like magic to me.


My good friend @Reeza provided a link to her code, which did what I needed. Now I share it with you so you can perform the same basic analyses. FreeDataFriday_graphic.jpg


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Kaggle is quickly becoming one of my favourite sites for data; this dataset is no exception.  You can get the file here.


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Getting the data ready

The data was a straight import into SAS University Edition.  It took a little longer than normal on my computer, but that was due to the size of the dataset.  


The Results

Airlines have been getting pretty bad press lately, and I wanted to see if this was evident in tweets about them. There is a column called "Negative Reason Confidence" which is an indicator of how certain we can be that any tweet labelled as "Negative" is actually negative.  I used a simple bar chart and set it up like so:





A couple of things to note: 1) I'm using a Where clause to limit my data output, and 2) I've selected the Show Bar Labels.  When I run the task, I get the following graph:




A friend who does sentiment analysis for a company says anything over 70% indicates very strong confidence in the tone of the tweet. It's a good bet that the messages flagged as Negative are from unhappy customers.  In this analysis, US Airways leads the others.


Next, I want to take a look at the actual tweets themselves.  I first create a new table of just the contents of the tweet, which is in a column "Text":



Then I run it through the code generously provided by @Reeza:



This code splits the tweet text from a horizontal string and transposes it to one word per row, making analysis much easier.


With the new output, I then run two SQL queries - one for the number of times the airline was tweeted, and the second with the number of hashtags used: 




United clearly gets the majority of tweets:


Here is the breakdown by hashtag; they appear to be largely referring to the Airline (#Jetblue), generic (#travel) or negative (#badservice, #neveragain). 



When I have more time I'd love to explore this data more and see what other, more interesting things I can find. Suggestions for analyses are more than welcome! 


Now it’s your turn!


Did you find something else interesting in this data? Share in the comments. I’m glad to answer any questions.


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by Trusted Advisor
on ‎06-02-2017 07:01 PM

FYI, there are some papers on using SAS Visual Analytics to do Twitter analysis which also include network analysis which may be of interest too:


From Traffic to Twitter - Exploring Networks with SAS Visual Analytics® from @FalkoSchulz and @Nascif_SAS


Bringing Google Analytics, Facebook and Twitter Data to SAS Visual Analytics from I-Kong Fu

by Super Contributor
on ‎06-05-2017 08:45 PM

@MichelleHomes - very cool!  One day I will play with VA, I have made that promise to myself :-) 


Hope all is well with you and the family!


by Trusted Advisor
on ‎06-06-2017 12:30 AM





by New Contributor Prof_Jim
on ‎07-04-2017 02:16 PM

Great job!


Transform all text to uppercase (or lowercase) to further combine the hashtag frequency output?


Just a thought...



by Super Contributor
on ‎07-09-2017 09:03 PM

Thanks @Prof_Jim, that's a really good suggestion and one I should have thought of :-)  If i can I'll rerun the code and update the post!


appreciate your time!


by New Contributor Prof_Jim
on ‎07-09-2017 11:03 PM
My pleasure, Chris.

Best Regards,

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