Twitter sentiment analysis based on affective lexicons with R

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Continue to dig tweets. After we reviewed how to count positive, negative and neutral tweets in previous post, I discovered another great idea. Suppose positive or negative is not enough and we want to understand the rate of positivity or negativity. For example, “good” in tweet has 4 points rating, but “perfect” has 6. Thus, we can try to measure the rate of satisfaction or opinion in tweets and take chart with trend:


So, we need other dictionary for managing this task, dictionary with rating of words. We can create it or find results of great research of affective ratings (e.g. here).

And of course, our algorithm should bypass Twitter’s API limitation via accumulating historical data. This approach was described in previous post.

Note, I use average rating of evaluated words which I find in tweet. For example, if we found “good” (4 points) and “perfect” (6 points) in one tweet, it would be evaluated as (4+6)/2=5. This is better than use total sum in case of all words in dictionary have positive rating. For example, one “good” (4 points) should be better than three “bad” (1,5 points each). This solves via average value.

Let’s get started. We need to create Twitter Application ( for connecting to Twitter’s API. Then we get Consumer Key and Consumer Secret. And finally, our code in R:

#connect all libraries
#connect to API
 download.file(url='', destfile='cacert.pem')
 reqURL <- ''
 accessURL <- ''
 authURL <- ''
 consumerKey <- '____________' #put the Consumer Key from Twitter Application
 consumerSecret <- '______________'  #put the Consumer Secret from Twitter Application
 Cred <- OAuthFactory$new(consumerKey=consumerKey,
 Cred$handshake(cainfo = system.file('CurlSSL', 'cacert.pem', package = 'RCurl')) #There is URL in Console. You need to go to it, get code and enter it on Console
save(Cred, file='twitter authentication.Rdata')
 load('twitter authentication.Rdata') #Once you launch the code first time, you can start from this line in the future (libraries should be connected)
#the function of tweets accessing and analyzing
 search <- function(searchterm)
 #access tweets and create cumulative file
 list <- searchTwitter(searchterm, cainfo='cacert.pem', n=1500)
 df <- twListToDF(list)
 df <- df[, order(names(df))]
 df$created <- strftime(df$created, '%Y-%m-%d')
 if (file.exists(paste(searchterm, '_stack_val.csv'))==FALSE) write.csv(df, file=paste(searchterm, '_stack_val.csv'), row.names=F)
#merge last access with cumulative file and remove duplicates
 stack <- read.csv(file=paste(searchterm, '_stack_val.csv'))
 stack <- rbind(stack, df)
 stack <- subset(stack, !duplicated(stack$text))
 write.csv(stack, file=paste(searchterm, '_stack_val.csv'), row.names=F)
#evaluation tweets function
 score.sentiment <- function(sentences, valence, .progress='none')
 scores <- laply(sentences, function(sentence, valence){
 sentence <- gsub('[[:punct:]]', '', sentence) #cleaning tweets
 sentence <- gsub('[[:cntrl:]]', '', sentence) #cleaning tweets
 sentence <- gsub('\d+', '', sentence) #cleaning tweets
 sentence <- tolower(sentence) #cleaning tweets
 word.list <- str_split(sentence, '\s+') #separating words
 words <- unlist(word.list)
 val.matches <- match(words, valence$Word) #find words from tweet in "Word" column of dictionary
 val.match <- valence$Rating[val.matches] #evaluating words which were found (suppose rating is in "Rating" column of dictionary).
 val.match <- na.omit(val.match)
 val.match <- as.numeric(val.match)
 score <- sum(val.match)/length(val.match) #rating of tweet (average value of evaluated words)
 }, valence, .progress=.progress)
 scores.df <- data.frame(score=scores, text=sentences) #save results to the data frame
valence <- read.csv('dictionary.csv', sep=',' , header=TRUE) #load dictionary from .csv file
Dataset <- stack
 Dataset$text <- as.factor(Dataset$text)
 scores <- score.sentiment(Dataset$text, valence, .progress='text') #start score function
 write.csv(scores, file=paste(searchterm, '_scores_val.csv'), row.names=TRUE) #save evaluation results into the file
#modify evaluation
 stat <- scores
 stat$created <- stack$created
 stat$created <- as.Date(stat$created)
 stat <- na.omit(stat) #delete unvalued tweets
 write.csv(stat, file=paste(searchterm, '_opin_val.csv'), row.names=TRUE)
#create chart
 ggplot(stat, aes(created, score)) + geom_point(size=1) +
 stat_summary( = 'mean_cl_normal', mult = 1, geom = 'smooth') +
ggsave(file=paste(searchterm, '_plot_val.jpeg'))
search("______") #enter keyword


Finally, we get 4 files:

  • cumulative file of all initial data,
  • draft file with tweets rating,
  • cleaned (without unvalued tweets) file with tweets and dates,
  • and chart where we can see density of tweets ratings and mean as a trend, it looks like:


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