Analysing Covid-19 Sentiment on Twitter in The United Kingdom

Akansha Garg


Supervised by Steven Schockaert; Moderated by Chris B Jones

For over a year and half the world has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been described as the most challenging crisis humanity has had to face since World War II (bbc.co.uk, 2020). The pandemic has affected everyone and everything; the impacts have been long lasting and will change the way people will live their lives in the future. With new information being released almost every day in the United Kingdom regarding the rules and regulations, people’s sentiment towards the pandemic is constantly fluctuating. Twitter is a social networking site that was released in 2006 and has grown in popularity and is now one of the most popular. ‘Twitter is what’s happening and what people are talking about right now’ is how the microblogging site describes itself (twitter.com, n.d.). With over 192 million daily users, around 6,000 tweets are posted every second (Lin, 2021). It is a free resource for the public to use to express their sentiment about any situation instantly. The social media platform allows its users to post a short message of up to 280 characters in the form of a ‘tweet’. This project aims to analyse the sentiment that people in the United Kingdom have about Covid-19 using Twitter.

Initial Plan (08/02/2021) [Zip Archive]

Final Report (28/05/2021) [Zip Archive]

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