light and scary
- Immediately adjacent to any hot dog stand.
- Madison Square Garden during moments of Linsanity.
- Tim Tebow’s new apartment building.
No really though, let’s measure some stuff.
Facts: (1) New York City is the most populous city in the US and (2) Manhattan streets are arranged on a rectangular grid. We have already seen how cities, airports, and even streets can be identified using geotagged tweets – here we use more than a half million messages from 2011 to investigate the happiness of NYC streets and avenues (clearly visible in the image below, as is Central Park).
Binning tweets by avenue and street, we use the labMT word list to measure happiness in tweets as a function of avenue and street number:
The results suggest that the west side is slightly happier than the east side, and that happiness actually declines as one moves further uptown. Next we bin by intersection…
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