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Code Challenge 05 - Twitter data analysis Part 2: Similar Tweeters

Posted by PyBites on Mon 06 February 2017 in Challenges • 2 min read

This week, each one of you has a homework assignment ... - Tyler Durden (Fight club)

Birds of a feather

A new week, more coding! In Part 2 of our Twitter data analysis we challenge you to find out how similar two tweeters are ...


  • Make a script that receives two command line args: user1 and user2

    $ bbelderbos pybites
    # ... some index of similarity ...
  • Get the last n tweets of these users. You can use the code of Part 1.

  • Tokenize the words in the tweets, filtering out stop words, URLs, digits, punctuation, words that only occur once or are less than 3 characters (and/or other noise ...)

  • Extract the main subjects the users tweet about. You could use Gensim, an NLP package for Topic Modeling. However feel free to take your own approach! We are dropping the helper template and external libs (requirements.txt) for this challenge, we'd love to see different approaches to this problem ...

  • Compare the subjects and come up with a similarity score.

Stay in sync with PyBites challenges repo

Start coding by forking our challenges repo:

$ git clone

If you already forked it sync it:

assuming using ssh key
$ git remote add upstream 
$ git fetch upstream
# if not on master: 
$ git checkout master 
$ git merge upstream/master
# ... no helper template for this challenge ...

Good luck!

Remember: there is no best solution, only learning more Python.

Enjoy and we're looking forward reviewing our and your solutions on Friday.

Have fun!

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