Textanalysis of Drumpf-Tweets: Orange Android is angry

Data-Scientist David Robinson hat sich die Tweets von Donald Drumpf angesehen und anscheinend kommen alle nicht-agressiven, non-hyperbole Tweets, Danksagungen oder Event-Hinweise von einem iPhone (seinem Team), alle Angriffe, Beleidigungen und Whatnot kommen von einem Android-Phone (Trump selbst). Diese Teilung ist auch hinsichtlich zeitlicher Intervalle und Retweets konsistent: Trump twittert vor allem morgens, sein Team gegen Nachmittag. Trump retweetet manuell, sein Team tweetet viel mehr Links und Bilder.

Dann hat sich Robinson die Sprache der Tweets angesehen. No surprises:

Trump’s Android account uses about 40-80% more words related to disgust, sadness, fear, anger, and other “negative” sentiments than the iPhone account does. (The positive emotions weren’t different to a statistically significant extent).

We’re especially interested in which words drove this different in sentiment. Let’s consider the words with the largest changes within each category:

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This confirms that lots of words annotated as negative sentiments (with a few exceptions like “crime” and “terrorist”) are more common in Trump’s Android tweets than the campaign’s iPhone tweets.

Und hier wird es interessant, es gibt anscheinend einen iPhone-Tweeter in seinem Team, der die Sprache Drumpfs imitiert. Ein Trump-Ghosttweeter:

The majority of the tweets from the iPhone are fairly benign declarations. But consider cases like these, both posted from an iPhone: „Like the worthless @NYDailyNews, looks like @politico will be going out of business. Bad reporting- no money, no cred!“, „Failing @NYTimes will always take a good story about me and make it bad. Every article is unfair and biased. Very sad!“

These tweets certainly sound like the Trump we all know. Maybe our above analysis isn’t complete: maybe Trump has sometimes, however rarely, tweeted from an iPhone (perhaps dictating, or just using it when his own battery ran out). But what if our hypothesis is right, and these weren’t authored by the candidate- just someone trying their best to sound like him?