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askcomm: Python 3 module - Search patterns for event-based, community-detected twitter data.

By Chris Lindgren

Distributed under the BSD 3-clause license. See LICENSE.txt or for details.


A set of search patterns that query a corpus of event-based and community-detected tweets, but it could be modified to query most social-network (node-edge) data. The queries are great for content produced within the detected-community subgraph data.

It assumes you have:

  • imported your corpus as a pandas DataFrame,
  • included metadata information, such as a list of dates and list of groups to reorganize your corpus, and
  • pre-processed your documents as community-detected data across periodic events.


query_controller: Accepts corpus and hub user data and searches for tweets germane to the detected module community across a range of periods and communities. It uses the find_mentions function to conduct a cross-reference search within a period’s data range with 2 options: ‘mentions_only’ or ‘user_and_mentions’. ‘mentions_only’ searches a column with a List of mentions per tweet. ‘user_and_mentions’ cross references the author of a tweet with the list of mentions. It returns a Dict of top result tweets found during that period.

    hubs=df_hubs,#community-detected data
    hub_col_period='period',#column name for periods
    hub_col_module='info_module',# column name for community name
    hub_col_users='name',#column name for 
    period_range=[1,10],#range of desired periods
    module_range=[1,10],#range of desired communities/modules
    corpus=c_htg,#content corpus
    period_dates=period_dates,#List of lists with dates to 
    col_dates='dates'#column name for dates

convert_to_df: Converts the Dict output from query_controller into a Dataframe with top result per user. If no tweet found , appends as None.

find_ht: Queries subset of isolated mentioned or authored tweets with hashtag group list. It returns another subset as a dataframe.

find_links: Queries links in tweets with search string. It returns subset as a dataframe.

Other functions include: find_mentions and print_subset.

It functions only with Python 3.x and is not backwards-compatible.

Warning: askcomm performs little to no custom error-handling, so make sure your inputs are formatted properly. If you have questions, please let me know via email.

System requirements

  • pandas


  1. Download this repo onto your computer.
  2. Store the folder in a meaningful location.
  3. Open a terminal.
  4. In the terminal, navigate to the root of the folder.
  5. In the terminal, run pip install .
Chris Lindgren
Chris Lindgren
Professor of Technical Communication and Data Visualization

My research interests include the relations created when writing code and theorizing the digital cultural rhetorics of white supremacy in the United States.