# [Tutorial for steemr] Retrieving and Analyzing the Comment Data

### Repository

https://github.com/pzhaonet/steemr

### What Will I Learn?

• Using the function gcomment() to retrieve the comment data of a given ID.
• Using other R functions to enhance and analyze the data retrieved by gcomment().

### Requirements

• Windows/mac/Linux OS
• R environment
• R steemr package
• RStudio IDE (recommended)

• Intermediate

### Basic usage of gcomments()

require('steemr')



The function name ‘gcomment’ means ‘get comment data’. It is very easy to get the comments of a given ID if you have a SteemSQL user name and password.

Firstly, use the ssql() function to build a connection to SteemSQL:

mysql <- ssql(uid = your_steemsql_id, pwd = your_steemsql_password)


You have to replace your_steemsql_id and your_steemsql_password with your own.

Then, use the gcomments() function to retrieve the newest comment data of the given ID. Let’s retrieve @dapeng’s newest comments:

mycmt <- gcomments(id = 'dapeng', sql_con = mysql)


‘mycmt’ is a list with 2 elements, which are ‘comment’ and ‘daily’:

length(mycmt)

## [1] 2

names(mycmt)

## [1] "comment" "daily"


Both of them are data frames. Have a look at what columns they have:

names(mycmt$comment) ## [1] "root_title" "root_comment" "created" "body" ## [5] "date" names(mycmt$daily)

## [1] "date" "Freq"


The ‘daily’ dataframe is a summary, showing how many comments every day. Let’s see what it is:

mycmt$daily ## date Freq ## 1 2018-06-30 4 ## 2 2018-07-01 15 ## 3 2018-07-02 10 ## 4 2018-07-03 12 ## 5 2018-07-04 5 ## 6 2018-07-05 25 ## 7 2018-07-06 3  We can view ‘comment’ by running: View(mycmt$comment)


In the topleft panel, a spread sheet appears on the tab ‘mycmt$comment’. We can order or filter each column: By default, gcomments() retrieves the comments in the last 7 days. Exercise 1: Get the comment records of your own or someone of interest. On which day did he/she post the most comments? ### Advanced usage of gcomments() Let’s go further into gcomments(). Multiple parameters are available for gcomments(): • id specifies the ID of interest, which is mandatory. • from and to specifies the date range of the target comments. The date must be given in ‘year-month-day’ format. • select specifies the columns to retrieve. By default, it queries four columns from the server: “root_title”, “root_comment”, “created”, and “body”. select = '*' retrieves all the columns. We will give an example. • sql_con builds a connection to SteemSQL server. • if_plot specifies whether to plot the daily comment number. • ylab specifies the label of the y axis. It is valid only when if_plot is TRUE. Now let’s query the @dapeng’s comments from the beginning of 2016 and make a plot of the daily comment number. mycmt_all <- gcomments(id = 'dapeng', sql_con = mysql, from = '2016-10-01', if_plot = TRUE)  Right. @dapeng did not post any comment until the summer 2017. nrow(mycmt_all$comment)

## [1] 5359


He wrote 5359 comments in total.

Let’s get the full information with all the columns of @dapeng’s comments, and see what columns we can get.

mycmt_full <- gcomments(id = 'dapeng',
sql_con = mysql,
select = '*',
from = '2016-10-01')
names(mycmt_full$comment) ## [1] "ID" "author" ## [3] "permlink" "category" ## [5] "parent_author" "parent_permlink" ## [7] "title" "body" ## [9] "json_metadata" "last_update" ## [11] "created" "active" ## [13] "last_payout" "depth" ## [15] "children" "net_rshares" ## [17] "abs_rshares" "vote_rshares" ## [19] "children_abs_rshares" "cashout_time" ## [21] "max_cashout_time" "total_vote_weight" ## [23] "reward_weight" "total_payout_value" ## [25] "curator_payout_value" "author_rewards" ## [27] "net_votes" "root_comment" ## [29] "mode" "max_accepted_payout" ## [31] "percent_steem_dollars" "allow_replies" ## [33] "allow_votes" "allow_curation_rewards" ## [35] "beneficiaries" "url" ## [37] "root_title" "pending_payout_value" ## [39] "total_pending_payout_value" "active_votes" ## [41] "replies" "author_reputation" ## [43] "promoted" "body_length" ## [45] "reblogged_by" "body_language" ## [47] "TS" "date"  Exercise 2: Plot the daily comment number of an ID of your interest. ### Analysis of the data by gcomments(): Examples With the data retrieved via gcomments(), we could produce a summary report: summary(mycmt_all$daily)

##       date                 Freq
##  Min.   :2017-07-17   Min.   : 1.00
##  1st Qu.:2017-10-08   1st Qu.: 8.00
##  Median :2018-01-09   Median :14.00
##  Mean   :2018-01-10   Mean   :16.75
##  3rd Qu.:2018-04-15   3rd Qu.:24.00
##  Max.   :2018-07-06   Max.   :91.00


It could be found that @dapeng left his first comment on 2017-07-17. Averagely he wrote 14 comments per day. On the busiest day he wrote 91 comments. Which day was it?

mycmt_all$daily$date[which.max(mycmt_all$daily$Freq)]

## [1] "2017-08-01"


He does not remember why.

Was he so lazy that he repeated the same comment? We could use the duplicated() function to see if he has repeated comments.

sum(duplicated(mycmt_all$comment$body))

## [1] 296


He had 296 duplicated comments! What were they? We can use the table() function to count the frequency of each duplicated comments, and order them descendingly.

mytab <- as.data.frame(table(mycmt_all$comment$body))
mytab <- mytab[order(-mytab\$Freq), ]


Then let’s see the top 6 duplicated comments and their frequency:

head(mytab)

##            Var1 Freq
## 401  Thank you!   51
## 470     Thanks!   35
## 3936     谢谢！   29
## 1                 18
## 483     Thanks.   13
## 3931       谢谢   13


There seemed 18 blank comments, which means he deleted them. The rest are the English and Chinese version of ‘thanks’. It cannot be wrong if you repeat saying thanks, can it?

Exercise 3: analyze the comment data you have got.

### Proof of Work Done

The manuscript and the code used in this tutorial can be found in:

https://github.com/pzhaonet/steemr-book