Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Today feels like......via Twitter

It's always nice to find someone else in a completely different field who has similar interests.

When demonstrating the strength of the associations people have with each day of the week, we included data from lab-based experiments, Google search and Ngram enquires. As with our experimental data for example, Google searches found fewer occurrences of midweek days in webpages and books (see below).

Fig 3.
(a) Mean number of associations generated for each weekday in Study 3. General Associations are shown in dark grey, Specific Events in light grey. Error bars show SEM. (b) Number of hits returned by Google Search for each of the search terms “Monday” to “Sunday”. (c) Google Ngram search results. The y-axis shows the percentages of weekday words in the corpus. See main text for details. (d) Word frequencies from the British National Corpus

However, we didn't include data from Twitter and last week a colleague spotted the recent work of Jeff Sisson. Have a look here.

His page automatically counts the number of times people on Twitter say something like "today feels like a ___" for any given day of the week. It even stores the resulting data. Remarkably, the results so far are almost identical to our own, but it is also possible the analyse these effects across the week...which I will post below in due course.

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