What Zimbabweans are Talking About
  • 23rd November, 2017

What Zimbabweans are Talking About

Megan Yates
Chief Scientist, Ixio Analytics

The extraordinary events of the last few days that saw the resignation of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, have caused an outpouring of emotion by Zimbabweans all over the world. From the spontaneous jubilation in parliament when the resignation was announced, to elated drivers fist-bumping pedestrians in Harare, Zimbabweans have finally been able to let their pent-up expression run free.

Using R, a software environment for statistical computing and graphics, we analysed thousands of tweets originating from Zimbabwe and the resulting word cloud demonstrates the most important words and themes currently on Zimbabweans’ lips. 

Words like hope, free and finally suggest a sense of long overdue liberation. And while Robert Mugabe’s resignation has widely been seen as the result of an internal ZANU-PF power struggle, it’s interesting that zanupf receives relatively little mention. In contrast, the principal words and themes are more unifying and less characterised by personalities or factions. These include the words, people, now, and zimbabweans

The genie appears to be firmly out of the bottle. 

Ixio Analytics is a Data Science consulting firm that uses advanced statistical techniques to help organisations make sense of their data. www.ixioanalytics.com

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Megan founded Ixio in 2012 after seeing a need for strong, data-led modelling and analytics in business. As Chief Scientist at Ixio Analytics, Megan leads our advanced modelling programs and coordinates the technical requirements for our clients. Her background in Evolutionary Biology allows her to bring a rigorous scientific approach to analytical problem solving. Megan is highly regarded in the industry and contributes regularly to data and analytics conferences, both locally and internationally. She takes a keen interest in environmental issues and is an avid surfer.