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The A-Train to Knicks Pain: Social Media Analysis of NYC Basketball Fans

Mar 12 at 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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If there’s one thing about New York, the basketball fans here are generally more “passionate” than most. Unfortunately, that passion can turn to pain, especially as a Knicks fan. They have often been disappointed over the course of the last four decades, which brings us to this project. We at “Rambles from The Garden” aim to understand how New York Knicks fans really feel about their team, players, and coach, through analysis using the coding languages Python and R. We will pull hundreds of thousands of Knicks-related tweets to create time series, lexicon, sentiment, and other such analyses.

By pairing Twitter data with NBA stats such as wins, losses, player’s points per games (PPG), etc., our end goal will be to gauge the reactions of the fanbase across social media with a fine lens (for instance, getting a grasp on the Knicks fans’ love-hate relationship with their former All-Star, Julius Randle).

We’re also going to have a little fun by trying to settle who has the better fan base in New York City: Knicks or Nets by doing a comparison of tweets to see who has a generally more positive response to their respective team(s).


Mar 12
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Christian Martinez
Rambles From The Garden
Robert Brunswick
Nicholas Rinaldi


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