Performing Sentiment Analysis on Tweets from Node.js

Performing Sentiment Analysis on Tweets from Node.js

In this article, you'll learn how to integrate sentiment library, twitter API and MongoDB altogether to build REST APIs of sentiment analysis tweet data of keywords.

Originally published by Jeong Woo Chang at

I will guide you to make a Node.js app that crawls tweets from Twitter and calculates a keyword’s sentiment analysis trend in last 24 hours. I will make the code to be generic to use any keywords but in the sample code, I will use “Bitcoin” as the keyword.

Beware that these settings may or may not work if you are using different versions of packages. I used Node.js v10.16.0 for running this.


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Let’s start!

You need create a directory, mkdir tweet-sentiment && cd tweet-sentiment and run npm init -y on it. It will give you a package.json file like this.

  "name": "tweet-sentiment",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node index.js"
  "keywords": [],
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC",
  "dependencies": {
    "axios": "^0.19.0",
    "mongodb": "^3.3.0-beta2",
    "sentiment": "^5.0.1",
    "twit": "^2.2.11"

Now it is time to install the needed dependencies.

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What are all these packages?

Axios: Promise based HTTP client

MongoDB: MongoDB native Node.js driver

Sentiment: AFINN-based sentiment analysis for Node.js

Twitter: Twitter API Client for node

Tweet crawler

In order to run sentiment analysis on tweets, you need to crawl the tweets in specific keyword and store them in a database.

In this case, you will use twit library to grab those tweets and store them in MongoDB using mongodb.

const Twit = require('twit');
const Sentiment = require('sentiment');

// Create a sentiment instance const sentiment = new Sentiment();

// Create a Twit instance const T = new Twit({ consumer_key: 'consumer key obtained from twitter developer', // Twitter Developer - consumer_secret: 'consumer secret obtained from twitter developer', access_token: 'access token obatined from twitter developer', access_token_secret: 'access token secret obtained from twitter developer', timeout_ms: 60 * 1000, // optional HTTP request timeout to apply to all requests. strictSSL: true, // optional - requires SSL certificates to be valid. });

// Take a MongoDB instance and a string keyword as parameter module.exports = (db, keyword) => { // Create a Tweet stream with given keyword const stream ='statuses/filter', { track: keyword, });

// When a new tweet with the keyword is published, this function will be called stream.on('tweet', async tweet => { const { created_at, id, lang, text, user: { screen_name, profile_image_url_https }, timestamp_ms, } = tweet;

// Since the sentiment only supports English, it need to be filtered with language, "en".
if (lang === 'en') {
  let { score } = sentiment.analyze(text);
  if (score > 0) { // Treat greater than zero as 1
    score = 1;
  } else if (score < 0) { // Treat less than zero as -1
    score = -1;

  // Save the tweet information with the score in the keyword collection
  await db.collection(`keyword_${keyword}`).insertOne({
    createdAt: new Date(created_at),

}); };

Note that the score is normalized to either 1 (positive) and -1 (negative), because you may not want to weigh specific tweets’ sentiment analysis heavier than other tweets. In here, every tweets are weighed equally.

Tweet crawler runner

You already wrote the tweet crawler. Now it is time for writing the runner for it. In this code, you will create a keyword register that runs every N seconds and some other codes for calculating the overall score index per keywords.

const { MongoClient } = require('mongodb');
const axios = require('axios');
const createStream = require('./tweetCrawler');

// Either take the MongoDB connection string from envrionment variable MONGODB_URL or the local mongodb 'twtsnt' const url = process.env.MONGO_URL || 'mongodb://localhost:27017/twtsnt'; const dbName = 'twtsnt'; // Create a MongoDB client instance const client = new MongoClient(url, { useNewUrlParser: true });

// Get current Bitcoin price, BTC-USD, from GDAX API (Coinbase Pro) const getCoinPrice = async (coin = 'btc') => { try { const res = await axios.get(${coin}-usd/stats, ); return; } catch (err) { console.error(err); return null; } };

// Calculate the keyword score and save the score along with the keyword analysis data const calculateAndStore = async (db, keyword) => { // get the keyword collection const data = db.collection(keyword_${keyword});

// Lightweight way of getting total document count in the collection const totalCount = await data.estimatedDocumentCount(); // Count positive tweets const positiveCount = await data.countDocuments({ score: 1 }); // Count negative tweets const negativeCount = await data.countDocuments({ score: -1 });

// get bitcoin from coinbase and 24 hour change // // "open":"3804.41000000","high":"3874.12000000","low":"3730.00000000","volume":"8860.63154635","last":"3835.00000000","volume_30day":"452787.73451902"} // last / open - 1 const stats = await getCoinPrice('btc'); const change = (stats.last / - 1) * 100;

// Calculate trend const trendFromTweet = ((positiveCount - negativeCount) / totalCount) * 100;

// "Calc" collection for the keyword calculation const calc = db.collection('calc'); // Create index for the "Calc" collection await db.createIndex('calc', { keyword: 1 }, { unique: true });

// Upsert (Update or create one if not exist) the keyword information await calc.updateOne( { keyword }, { $set: { price: stats.last, change, trend: trendFromTweet, tweetCount: { positive: positiveCount, negative: negativeCount, neutral: totalCount - positiveCount - negativeCount, }, createAt: new Date(), }, }, { upsert: true }, ); };

// Create keyword indexes const createIndex = async (db, keyword) => { const indexes = Promise.all([ // index with score, id, timestamp_ms db.createIndex( keyword_${keyword}, { score: 1, id: 1, timestamp_ms: -1, }, { unique: true, }, ), // index for assigning TTL (remove tweet data older than 24 hours old) db.createIndex( keyword_${keyword}, { createdAt: 1, }, { expireAfterSeconds: 60 * 60 * 24, }, ), ]);

return indexes; };

const registerKeyword = async (db, keyword, interval) => { // Indexes await createIndex(db, keyword);

// Stream createStream(db, keyword);

// Calculate and Store calculateAndStore(db, keyword); // Repeat setInterval(() => { calculateAndStore(db, keyword); }, interval); };

(async () => { try { // Use connect method to connect to the Server await client.connect();

// Database instance
const db = client.db(dbName);

// Register "bitcoin" keyword
await registerKeyword(db, 'bitcoin', 3000);

} catch (err) { console.log(err.stack); } })();

With these two files, you can run node runner.js for gathering and keeping the data for last 24 hours.

REST APIs for the analysis data

You will need to create two APIs. One for retrieving tweets with sentiment analysis data and the other one for getting score of the keyword.

const express = require('express');
const helmet = require('helmet');
const { MongoClient, ObjectID } = require('mongodb');

const url = process.env.MONGO_URL || 'mongodb://localhost:27017/twtsnt'; const dbName = 'twtsnt'; let client = null; const port = process.env.PORT || 3000; const app = express();

// Get a database instance async function getDB() { if (client && !client.isConnected) { client = null; }

if (client === null) { client = new MongoClient(url, { useNewUrlParser: true }); } else if (client && client.isConnected) { return client.db(dbName); }

try { await client.connect(); return client.db(dbName); } catch (err) { return err; } }

// HTTP Security header middleware app.use(helmet());

// Get score from the given keyword i.e.) /api/score?keyword=bitcoin app.get('/api/score', async (req, res) => { try { const db = await getDB(); if (!req.query.keyword) { res.status(400).json({ message: 'missing keyword' }); }

const resp = {};
const keyword = req.query.keyword;
const collection = db.collection('calc');

const data = await collection.findOne({ keyword });

} catch (err) { res.status(500).json({ message: err.message, }); } });

// Get sentiment analysis tweets data app.get('/api/tweets', async (req, res) => { try { const db = await getDB(); if (!req.query.keyword) { res.status(400).json({ message: 'missing keyword' }); }

const resp = {};
const keyword = req.query.keyword;
let limit;
if (!!req.query.limit) {
  req.query.limit = Number(req.query.limit);
// Get documents (limit 1 - 100)
if (req.query.limit > 0 && req.query.limit <= 100) {
  limit = req.query.limit;
} else {
  limit = 100;
resp.limit = limit;

let collection = db.collection(`keyword_${keyword}`);

const skip = req.query.skip;
if (skip) {
  resp.skip = skip;
  // use MongoID index is given by default, no need to make extra index for this
  collection = collection.find({ _id: { $lt: new ObjectID(skip) }});
} else {
  collection = collection.find();

resp.tweets = await collection.sort({ _id: -1 }).limit(limit).toArray();


} catch (err) { res.status(500).json({ message: err.message, }); } });

module.exports = app;

// Start the express server app.listen(port, err => { if (err) throw err; console.log(> Ready On Server http://localhost:${port}); });

Note that getDB is called for every endpoints. This is done this way, because in serverless environment, the database connection will not be guaranteed to last.

I introduced how to integrate sentiment library, twitter API and MongoDB altogether to build REST APIs of sentiment analysis tweet data of keywords.

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