Facebook Status Updates analysis with R

The Facebook Data Team has published an analysis of the status updates of Facebook users, by categorizing words according to the 68 categories of the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count Dictionary, and tabulating the frequencies of their use. It’s fairly interesting to see this kind of analysis applied to Facebook, but unfortunately doesn’t reveal much in the way of “A-ha!” insights. For example, this chart of the frequency of six categories of words expressed throughout the day shows pretty much what you’d expect:


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