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Trump Tweets: How Often and on What Topics

  • Yu OuyangEmail author
  • Richard W. Waterman
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Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)

Abstract

To understand the breadth of Trump’s Twitter activity, we compiled a dataset of all of his tweets since he joined Twitter, over 43,000 tweets in total. This chapter represents our initial effort in identifying patterns in Trump’s tweets. We begin by presenting a descriptive, graphical analysis of the volume of his tweeting habits. By tracing the ebb and flow in Trump’s Twitter activity beginning with his first tweet in 2009, we are able to identify (1) changes over time and (2) how entering politics has affected his behavior on social media. Then, using computer text analysis and machine learning, we identify the topics that Trump discusses on Twitter. Our goal here is threefold. First, what does Trump talk about on Twitter? Second, how have the topics changed over time, and why? Finally, how do the topics of Trump’s tweets relate to one another?

Keywords

Text analysis Machine learning Tweets Volume Topics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science, Economics, and World LanguagesPurdue University NorthwestHammondUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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