Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happiest place in NYC... about 1,000 feet from our apartment, according to this new "scientific" study. So I'm going to take credit for that, even though the color-coded key for our actual block is more of an ennui-tinged baby blue. I will blame that on some of our jerky neighbors.

The "study" was based on an analysis of Tweets sent from various locations throughout the city, and how positive or negative they were, e.g. "Beautiful day, totally happy, " or "Ick, just saw one of the Kardashians."

Keep in mind that the entire universe of Tweets, Facebook posts, and Foursquare check-ins consists solely of Farmville requests, inane "inspirational" quotes, and "taking my dog for a walk now" posts. There's not a lot of usable data to analyze.

Kudos to the scientists at the University of Vermont for doing this. The MIT guys apparently beat them out for the grant to study the impact of dark matter on black holes. UV got the Twitter happiness map gig.

For the record, here's what the happiest place in NYC looks like.

Can't argue with science.

1 comment:

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