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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Mark Huber

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Using a Twitter API, I gather and analyze tweets by performing sentiment analysis to solve the GOAT debate among professional athletes with the primary focus on comparing Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Athletes from the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Men's and Women's Basketball were selected to compare how sentiment polarity varies across sports. Sentiment polarity is measured by labeling text as "positive", "neutral", or "negative" which allows us to determine which athlete/sport is highly favored among the Twitter community when it comes to naming an athlete the Greatest of All Time.