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February 21, 2013

Why Lousiana is the saddest state.

A team at the Vermont Complex Systems Center analyzed 10 million geo-tagged tweets and coded each tweet for its happiness content, based on the appearance and frequency of words determined by Mechanical Turk workers to be happy (rainbow, love, beauty, hope, wonderful, wine) or sad (damn, boo, ugly, smoke, hate, lied). While the researchers admit their technique ignores context, they say that for large datasets, simply counting the words and averaging their happiness content produces "reliable" results.

The results is a geography of happiness based on twitter tweets.


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