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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Psychoanalyze tweeters
Tom Smith

This is interesting.  Plug in a person's twitter handle and get a report on their psychological profile based on a statistical analysis of the words they use.  I ran Glenn Beck and he came back angry and worried off the charts, which seems about right.  Probably more toy than science but still cool.  Law professors (not naming anybody) seem to come out as pretty arrogant.  Could that be?

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The problem with this kind of analysis is that it ignores one half of the data. What if there really is something to be concerned about? "X is worried and angry" takes on different meaning if X is Winston Churchill as opposed to, say, your cab driver. That said, it might be fun to check out some of the popular lefty bloggers.

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