Create an impressionist self-portrait from your Twitter followers

April 11, 2014
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Here's something fun you can do with R and its interface to Twitter, the TwitteR package. An R script by CMU student Mark Patterson downloads your Twitter profile picture, counts the number of Twitter followers you have, and then creates a pointillist version of your profile picture with as many dots as you have followers. Here's mine:

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Note that to use Mark's script you will need to install the BioConductor package EBImage (follow the instructions in yellow on that page) and create a Twitter app and authenticate it. Once you've got those set up, call general.func("yourTwitterHandle") to create your own!

Decisions and R: Visualizing Twitter Followers Using Pointillism

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