First the wordcloud:
Interesting, but what do the actual models look like? This time, it split into fewer topics:
To summarize the topics:
- Focused on gun control directly. With a lot of tweets linking to a video of a comedian named Jim Jeffries "destroying" arguments against gun control.
- Focused on facts of the case. Specifically related to the injured and still living victims.
- Focused on gun control. A lot of demands on republican candidates to refuse donations from the NRA.
- Focused on gun control generally. Many tweets using the hashtag "#gunsense"
- Focused on the victims that died. Specifically related to the two women, funerals, and other facts.
And finally by frequency:
So a few conclusive points:
- About a a week after the shooting, 70% of tweets still using the hashtag relate to gun control topics. This is roughly double the proportion from immediately after the shooting.
- One thing missing is Zayn Malik. And anything grossly off topic in general, some good news. It appears that once a hashtag is no longer trending, spammers stop using it.
- To close out, here is something interesting to look at. The tweet that "ranks" (has highest probability of association) with each topic:
REMINDER: 30,000+ Gun Deaths Every Single Year Is Health Epidemic http://t.co/f500OZDOXS #LafayetteShooting pic.twitter.com/Mmk1GhJgYt @aginorr— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) July 27, 2015
Jena Meaux, teacher who was shot, sharing her story at the prayer service. #LafayetteShooting (@tpkirkpatrick) pic.twitter.com/enajY3E0VG— Marcelle Fontenot (@MarcelleFonteno) July 30, 2015
Pls sign+RT #LafayetteShooting: Demand Republican Presidential Candidates Refuse or Return NRA Donations http://t.co/rnsy1WhnVF— Peter (@benutzerpeter) July 28, 2015
Topic 4 (This is cool, because it show how topic modeling groups together "unobserved" topics. This isn't explicitly saying gun control, but it certainly is a gun control related tweet):
Thanking #CBS #ABC #NBC for the daily laughs they provide me. Please show more of the propaganda like the #LafayetteShooting & #SandyHook— Hershel Croy (@HershelCroySr) July 27, 2015
Hundreds came out to say goodbye to Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, the women who died in the #LafayetteShooting. http://t.co/szLeQ58K5j— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 28, 2015