Misspelled Words On Youtube Comments As A Metric

I believe that people who comments on Youtube videos, good or bad, provide a solid, measurable way to understand content.   Social media data mining may or may not be a bullshit thing to study but I think if the results (especially ones on either extremes) make sense and pass the ‘eye test’, it’s probably something worth exploring further.  One thing I think makes sense to look at, especially for videos from ‘street’ rappers, is to see if the people commenting type in some sort of unique, measurable way.

Ebonics is a rule-governed language that can sometimes be studied on paper.  For example, something like G-Dropping can be looked at on text.  Another rule of ‘Ebonics’ has to do with word-initial fricatives.  This is a fancy way to say that words like {This} get pronounced {dis} in spoken language.  And sometimes, because this is an example where the spelling of the word goes with the general rules of sound and stuff, people will actually write {dis}.

We can go to the Youtube videos of several artists and look at the distribution of [This,The] with [dis, da].  It turns out, of course, that it’s an excellent way to separate, on extreme ends, different styles and fanbases.  Fans of Pastor Troy speak way differently than Atmosphere fans.

Artist /d/ /th/ Ratio
Soulja Slim 15.52 98.71 6.36
Playa Fly 17.1 108.89 6.37
Guerilla Maab 12.59 103.9 8.25
Beanie Sigel 10.68 88.97 8.33
E.S.G. 10.68 88.97 8.33
Pastor Troy 11.99 110.9 9.25
Yo Gotti 8.26 90.62 10.97
Kane & Abel 11.24 126.63 11.26
Eightball & MJG 9.37 112.73 12.03
Koopsta Knicca 8.62 104.44 12.12
South Park Mexican 7.05 87.76 12.44
Gangsta Boo 6.51 82.6 12.68
Mia X 8.03 106.84 13.31
Tela 8.33 111.46 13.38
Gangsta Pat 8.66 123.28 14.24
TRU 8.05 115.56 14.35
Hot Boys 6.93 103.08 14.88
Jayo Felony 6.83 105.24 15.42
Yung Joc 6.09 94.88 15.58
Master P 5.99 98.55 16.46
Gucci Mane 5.16 86.9 16.85
E-40 4.21 83.94 19.93
Bun B 4.87 97.98 20.1
Chief Kamachi 6.74 138.2 20.5
Kam 6.74 138.2 20.5
U.G.K. 4.73 97 20.5
Lil Flip 4.83 104.09 21.56
C-Bo 5.07 109.73 21.63
Project Pat 4.5 97.81 21.75
Foxy Brown 4.92 108.07 21.96
Memphis Bleek 4.53 104.66 23.1
Conejo 4.8 112.4 23.42
Waka Flocka 3.8 90.14 23.73
Skillz 4.15 101.54 24.48
Suga Free 3.7 91.58 24.73
Spice 1 4.64 117.75 25.39
Boot Camp Clik 3.72 95.01 25.51
Joell Ortiz 4.04 103.34 25.61
Brotha Lynch Hung 4.11 106.04 25.78
MC Eiht 3.62 93.66 25.9
Poison Clan 5.91 153.18 25.92
Ganksta NIP 5.25 138.69 26.44
Mike Jones 3.3 87.23 26.47
Future 3.96 105.34 26.61
Flesh-N-Bone 4.65 123.87 26.67
Timbo King 5.71 157.14 27.5
Young Jeezy 3.77 109.12 28.94
Half-A-Mill 4.6 138.49 30.09
Capone-N-Noreaga 3.41 102.74 30.13
NORE 3.41 102.74 30.13
Noreaga 3.41 102.74 30.13
Erick Sermon 3.2 97.11 30.36
IAM 1.7 52.03 30.52
Saul Williams 1.7 52.03 30.52
Canibus 4.82 148.34 30.79
The Click 3.89 120.37 30.94
Eve 3.12 96.56 30.97
Everlast 3.12 96.56 30.97
Lil Wyte 3.27 102.06 31.2
Black Moon 4.1 130.86 31.91
Bow Wow 2.86 92.61 32.34
Shyheim 3.45 112.91 32.74
Bizzy Bone 3.05 99.91 32.8
Juelz Santana 3.1 102.17 33
King Tee 2.95 97.42 33
Petey Pablo 2.52 87.38 34.74
Heltah Skeltah 3.34 116.44 34.9
Jim Jones 2.89 102.02 35.34
Soulja Boy 2.66 94.85 35.71
Lost Boyz 3.09 112.08 36.23
Pep Love 3.19 117.37 36.75
Juvenile 3 110.86 36.97
Keith Murray 3.17 117.79 37.15
Haystak 3.17 118.86 37.45
Cru 3.64 138.41 38.06
Crucial Conflict 3.64 138.41 38.06
Clipse 2.97 114.8 38.62
Clipse 2.97 114.8 38.62
Kris Kross 2.52 100.16 39.67
Gospel Gangstas 3.72 150.37 40.4
Chingy 2.37 95.93 40.45
Akinyele 2.73 113.24 41.42
N.W.A. 2.63 109.47 41.6
Styles P 2.69 111.83 41.65
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 2.68 111.95 41.74
Hi-C 2.66 111.93 42
Planet Asia 2.52 106.07 42.1
Fabolous 2.21 93.65 42.37
MC Ren 2.37 102.16 43.19
Cormega 2.81 122.3 43.48
Control Machete 1.01 44.39 43.94
Rhymefest 2.31 101.95 44.15
Camp Lo 2.98 132.8 44.53
MC Lyte 2.36 105.79 44.8
camron 2.49 112.12 45
Above the Law 2.21 100.36 45.48
50 Cent 2.1 96.54 45.93
Tony Yayo 2.1 96.6 45.96
G Unit 2.2 102.09 46.35
J-Live 2.53 118.53 46.79
Monie Love 2.73 129.04 47.19
Onyx 2.05 97.86 47.68
AMB 2.31 110.5 47.8
Scarface 2.6 124.75 48.07
Fu-Schnickens 2.34 114.23 48.78
Nappy Roots 2.27 110.95 48.78
MC Solaar 1.42 70.55 49.6
Group Home 2.48 123.18 49.62
Craig Mack 2.33 116.43 49.98
Casual 2.41 121.69 50.5
C-Rayz Walz 1.95 99.02 50.67
Chubb Rock 2.26 115.47 51.15
Krayzie Bone 2.48 127.73 51.51
Lil Kim 2.38 124.48 52.33
CL Smooth 2.62 137.17 52.4
Poor Righteous Teachers 2.37 124.19 52.42
Mase 2.18 114.89 52.64
Mase 2.18 114.89 52.64
Obie Trice 2.31 121.79 52.68
Sporty Thievz 2.31 121.79 52.68
T.I. 2.31 121.79 52.68
Trina 2.31 121.79 52.68
Twista 2.31 121.79 52.68
Ying Yang Twins 2.31 121.79 52.68
Psycho Realm 1.44 76.62 53.25
Slick Rick 2.16 116.65 54.09
MC Shan 2.57 140.44 54.57
Ice Cube 1.73 94.96 54.76
Masters of Illusion 1.69 93.5 55.17
AZ 2.26 128.16 56.79
Az the Visualiza 2.26 128.16 56.79
Bronze Nazareth 2.26 128.16 56.79
Eazy-E 2.26 128.16 56.79
Hell Razah 2.26 128.16 56.79
Sticky Fingaz 2.26 128.16 56.79
Fat Joe 1.34 78.22 58.39
O.C. 2.36 138.25 58.47
Pharoahe Monch 2.36 138.25 58.47
Sheek Louch 2.36 138.25 58.47
The Grouch 2.36 138.25 58.47
9th Prince 1.71 103.79 60.57
Tyga 1.72 106.29 61.81
Nelly 1.65 103.29 62.76
Bubba Sparxxx 1.41 89.69 63.47
Ghostface Killah 1.73 111.26 64.43
Pigeon John 1.69 110.42 65.47
Mars ILL 1.97 130.26 66
Masta Killa 1.79 119.43 66.81
Biz Markie 1.61 107.56 66.88
BizMarkie 1.61 107.59 66.9
Afroman 1.28 85.34 66.92
Missy Elliott 1.57 105.41 66.95
Missy Elliott 1.57 105.41 66.95
Geto Boys 1.68 113.8 67.68
Pacewon 2.03 137.53 67.79
Young Money 1.5 102.68 68.4
Chamillionaire 1.3 88.9 68.56
Slaughterhouse 1.73 118.79 68.8
GZA 1.9 131.13 68.98
Cee-Lo 1.38 96.5 69.85
Cee-Lo Green 1.38 96.5 69.85
Salt N Pepa 1.5 107.82 71.76
Salt N Pepa 1.5 107.82 71.76
Skee-Lo 1.43 105.14 73.35
Afu-Ra 1.27 93.62 73.96
Ja Rule 1.35 100.91 74.69
Busta Rhymes 1.16 87.32 75.02
Jungle Brothers 1.65 125.57 76
RZA 1.52 115.52 76.11
Little Brother 1.66 126.69 76.48
Threat 1.12 85.87 76.69
M.O.P. 1.21 93.55 77.3
Mash Out Posse (M.O.P.) 1.21 93.55 77.3
Esham 1.5 118.3 78.71
TLC 1.44 115.37 80.25
Jay-Z 1.05 84.3 80.4
Jay-Z & R. Kelly 1.05 84.3 80.4
Blueprint 1.05 84.41 80.55
Aceyalone 1.44 119.23 82.67
K-Rino 2.17 181.97 83.95
Sevin 2.59 220.06 85
Saafir 1.47 125.31 85
Master Ace 1.31 112.93 86.12
The Beatnuts 1.33 114.94 86.33
Ice-T 1.43 123.91 86.93
Kurtis Blow 1.07 93.49 87
Masta Ace 1.27 111.44 87.52
House of Pain 1.25 109.2 87.62
Flame 1.47 131.93 89.75
MF Grimm 1.29 124.1 95.83
Akon 0.93 90.03 96.61
Chino XL 1.38 133.95 97.05
Reks 1.25 122.41 97.86
Spoonie Gee 1.96 192.65 98.25
Black Market Militia 1.59 156.35 98.5
Will Smith 1.01 100.18 99.46
Sir Mix-A-Lot 0.76 76.8 101.35
Cannibal Ox 1.24 126.58 102.29
Roots Manuva 1.02 104.64 102.78
George Clinton 1.17 122.89 104.89
Kanye West 1.15 124.58 108.14
Coolio 0.98 106.11 108.4
Jaylib 1.02 116.85 114.69
Swollen Members 0.97 111.02 114.75
Mr. Lif 1.21 141.63 117.38
Black Star 1.02 121.4 119.26
Copywrite 1.02 122.01 119.88
Natas 1.03 124.74 121
Eric B. & Rakim 1.05 127.87 121.23
Rakim 1.05 127.87 121.23
Tech N9ne 0.91 111.1 122.51
Gym Class Heroes 0.77 96.03 124.82
The Streets 0.93 117.18 126.65
Kottonmouth Kings 0.88 111.8 127.31
Junior M.A.F.I.A. 0.8 104.05 129.26
Notorious B.I.G. 0.8 104.07 129.28
Common 1 131.78 132.37
Common Sense 1 131.78 132.37
Akrobatik 1.3 172.73 133
Hopsin 1 133.06 133.06
Slaine 0.82 111.1 135.86
Foreign Exchange 1.01 139.01 137
J. Cole 1.03 142.99 138.59
UTFO 1.13 156.69 138.67
Guru 0.79 110.89 140.64
GangStarr 0.79 110.92 140.67
Souls of Mischief 0.83 117.45 141.14
Yung Ro 0.81 116.73 143.66
Lil Wayne 0.9 129.3 143.82
Young Mc 0.7 101.2 144.5
One.Be.Lo 0.88 136.18 155.25
Vents 0.63 99.75 157.4
Kool Keith 0.68 109.32 159.77
Kool Keith 0.68 109.32 159.77
Insane Clown Posse 0.72 115.35 160.53
Vakill 0.69 110.55 160.67
Ill Bill 0.76 123.47 161.85
Eminem 0.73 118.96 163.11
K-Os 0.7 115.2 165.68
El-P 0.68 114.79 168.81
Nicki Minaj 0.65 110.71 171.5
Calm 0.61 106.32 175.03
Zion I 0.62 109.23 176.58
X-Clan 0.92 164.34 179.38
Killah Priest 1.13 202.41 179.68
Vast Aire 0.77 143.85 185.89
Kesha 0.57 106.9 187.68
Jurassic 5 0.58 109.95 188.37
T-Bone 0.7 141.32 202.59
Gnarls Barkley 0.55 111.5 204.3
Immortal Technique 0.73 149.02 204.36
Apathy 0.55 127.76 231.43
The Genius 0.52 122.55 235.18
Jehst 0.56 135.31 240
Flavor Flav 0.58 143.41 249.04
Army of the Pharaohs 0.53 135.19 256.12
Princess Superstar 0.32 82.05 257.64
Slow V & Retrospect 0.45 116.15 260
The Roots 0.53 138.81 262
Beastie Boys 0.39 103.74 268.37
Beastie Boys 0.39 103.74 268.37
MC chris 0.37 103.83 277.69
Company Flow 0.48 136.51 281.67
P.O.S. 0.4 132.1 332.81
Cage 0.42 142 340.33
Arsonists 0.32 113.27 350
Lupe Fiasco 0.42 149.79 353.11
Blackalicious 0.33 117.81 353.2
Time 0.39 136.57 353.63
Sage Francis 0.37 136.84 374
Necro 0.33 126.33 378.76
Atmosphere 0.34 131.4 384.24
PJ 0.27 111.7 407.71
Flobots 0.38 158.57 414.79
Brother Ali 0.31 131.43 427.14
Cunninlynguists 0.22 115.91 518.6
BoB 0.18 102.95 565.56
Holocaust 0.22 129.22 597
Aesop Rock 0.19 132.9 716.5
Bishop Lamont 0.14 117.18 828.83
Black Sheep 0.11 107.75 951.4
Buck 65 0.12 121 1037
Ras Kass 0.13 230.35 1776
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4 thoughts on “Misspelled Words On Youtube Comments As A Metric

  1. JCB says:

    So… What’s the pattern? Backpackers have high scores because they are always concerned about “authenticity”. Other than that, I agree with you that there should be something here but I don’t really see anything consistent and articulatable.

  2. rapmetrics says:

    has nothing to do with ‘authenticity’, i dont think. just that, simple phonetic spelling mistakes can be mined and understood in context.

  3. […] did some stuff on trends in how people talk about artists on Youtube but something like how often people are […]

  4. huhwhat says:

    I don’t understand what the chart is showing. Are the numbers under ‘dis’ and ‘this’ flat quantities?

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