In this blog we will do the sentimental analysis of Trump & Clinton Tweets using R!

We will use Microsoft Cognitive Services (Text Analytics API) in R to calculate sentimental scores of tweets!

Step 1) Twitter Data Extraction

Extract tweets of Trump & Clinton using twitteR Package.

setup_twitter_oauth(Consumer_API_Key, Consumer_API_Secret, Access_Token, Access_Token_Secret)

clinton_tweets = searchTwitter("Hillary Clinton+@HillaryClinton", n=200, lang="en")
trump_tweets = searchTwitter("Donald Trump+@realDonaldTrump", n=200, lang="en")

trump_tweets_df ="rbind", lapply(trump_tweets,
trump_tweets_df = subset(trump_tweets_df, select = c(text))

clinton_tweets_df ="rbind", lapply(clinton_tweets,
clinton_tweets_df = subset(clinton_tweets_df, select = c(text))

If you are new to twitteR package, please visit this blog & learn how to setup twitter application & Oauth in R.

Step 2) Cleaning of Tweets

Cleaning both dataframe – trump_tweets_dfclinton_tweets_df.

Below is the just sample code for cleaning text in R.

# Removing blank spaces, punctuation, links, extra spaces, special characters and other unwanted things.
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("[:blank:]", "", clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("[[:punct:]]", "", clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("[:cntrl:]", "", clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("[[:digit:]]", "", clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("[:blank:]", "", clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("(RT|via)((?:\\b\\W*@\\w+)+)", " ",  clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("@\\w+", "", clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets$text = gsub("http\\w+", "", clinton_tweets$text)

# Removing Duplicate tweets
clinton_tweets["DuplicateFlag"] = duplicated(clinton_tweets$text)
clinton_tweets = subset(clinton_tweets, clinton_tweets$DuplicateFlag=="FALSE")
clinton_tweets = subset(clinton_tweets, select = -c(DuplicateFlag))

Here is the snapshot of cleaned data frames trump_tweets_dfclinton_tweets_df.


Step 3) Calculate Sentimental Scores

We will use Microsoft Cognitive Services (Text Analytics API) in R to calculate sentimental scores of tweets. If you are new to Microsoft Cognitive Services, please visit this blog .

Calculating sentimental scores for trump_tweets_df – 


# Creating the request body for Text Analytics API
trump_tweets_df["language"] = "en"
trump_tweets_df["id"] =
request_body_trump = trump_tweets_df[c(2,3,1)]

# Converting tweets dataframe into JSON
request_body_json_trump = toJSON(list(documents = request_body_trump))

# Calling text analytics API
result_trump = POST("",
body = request_body_json_trump,
add_headers(.headers = c("Content-Type"="application/json","Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key"="my_Subscription-Key")))

Output = content(result_trump)

score_output_trump = data.frame(matrix(unlist(Output), nrow=100, byrow=T))
score_output_trump$X1 =  as.numeric(as.character(score_output_trump$X1))
score_output_trump$X1 = as.numeric(as.character(score_output_trump$X1)) *10
score_output_trump["Candidate"] = "Trump"

Calculating sentimental scores for clinton_tweets_df – 

# Creating the request body for Text Analytics API
clinton_tweets_df["language"] = "en"
clinton_tweets_df["id"] =
request_body_clinton = clinton_tweets_df[c(2,3,1)]

# Converting tweets dataframe into JSON
request_body_json_clinton = toJSON(list(documents = request_body_clinton))

result_clinton = POST("",
body = request_body_json_clinton,
add_headers(.headers = c("Content-Type"="application/json","Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key"="my-Subscription-Key")))

Output_clinton = content(result_clinton)

score_output_clinton = data.frame(matrix(unlist(Output_clinton), nrow=100, byrow=T))
score_output_clinton$X1 =  as.numeric(as.character(score_output_clinton$X1))
score_output_clinton$X1 = as.numeric(as.character(score_output_clinton$X1)) *10

score_output_clinton["Candidate"] = "Clinton"

Here is the snapshot of sentimental scores of trump_tweets_dfclinton_tweets_df.

Where X1 is Sentimntal Score & Where X2 is ID of tweets present in dataframe.

Here scores close to 10 indicate positive sentiment, while scores close to 1 indicate negative sentiment


Snapshot –


Step 4) Sentimental Analysis Output

Boxplot for the sentimental scores.

final_score = rbind(score_output_clinton,score_output_trump)


cols = c("#7CAE00", "#00BFC4")
names(cols) = c("Clinton", "Trump")

# boxplot
ggplot(final_score, aes(x=final_score$Candidate, y=X1, group=final_score$Candidate)) +
geom_boxplot(aes(fill=final_score$Candidate)) +
scale_fill_manual(values=cols) +
position=position_jitter(width=0.5), alpha=0.3)

Box Plot –

Here you can see that Trump Median(7.1) > Hillary Median (6.7)


Here scores close to 10 indicate positive sentiment, while scores close to 1 indicate negative sentiment

Summary of Sentimental Scores –



Happy Learning! Your feedback would be appreciated!


10 thoughts on “Sentimental Analysis in R

  1. HI ,

    I got below mentioned error while executing below-mentioned line …Secondly in your code u have mentioned removal of duplicates for clinton not for trump ??

    LIne NO
    clinton_tweets = subset(clinton_tweets, select = -c(DuplicateFlag))

    Details of Error
    Error in subset.default(clinton_tweets, select = c(DuplicateFlag)) :
    argument “subset” is missing, with no default


    1. Yes i have provided only sample code for cleaning data. For both data frames Clinton & trump we have to perform similar cleaning process.

      Regarding error – please check your dataframe & provide column names accordingly.


  2. Hi Shobhit,
    I am trying to do twitter data mining in R.However, when I am trying to connect using access keys, I am getting the OAuth authentication error.Please help.I can also sharing the code I am using


    setup_twitter_oauth(Consumer_API_Key, Consumer_API_Secret, Access_Token, Access_Token_Secret)


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