Few things are as controversial in these perilous times as Donald Trump’s Twitter account, often laced with derogatory language, hateful invective, and fifth-grade name-calling. But not all of Trump’s tweets sound like they came straight out of a dystopian dictator’s mouth. Some of them are actually nice.
Probably because he didn’t write them.
Join us on a discerning journey as two data scientists tackle Donald Trump’s Twitter account and, through quantitative methods, reveal to us which hands are behind the tweets.
Dave Robinson: So the original Trump analysis is certainly the most popular blog post I’ve ever written. It got more than half a million hits in the first week and it still gets visits . . . and the post still gets a number of visits each week. I was able to write it up for the Washington Post and was interviewed by NPR.
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Ginette: Today, we’re chatting with someone who made waves over a year ago with a study he conducted and he recently did a follow up study that we’ll hear about. Here’s Dave Robinson.
Dave: I’m a data scientist at Stack Overflow, we’re a programming question-and-answer website, and I help analyze data and build machine learning features to help get developers answers to their questions and help them move their career forward, and I came from originally an academic background where I was doing research in computational biology, and after my PhD I was really interested in what other kinds of data I could apply a combination of statistics and data analysis and computer programming too.
Curtis: Dave studied stats at Harvard and then went on to get his PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology from Princeton. He did a study on Donald Trump’s tweets in 2016 you may have heard about and posted it to his blog, Variance Explained.