Datasaurs is a Twitter bot that redraws extinct animals using US cause of death time series data.
Datasaurs draws an image by replacing the dorsal outline of an extinct animal with a highly correlated cause of death time series.
Each bot run is randomly generated by sampling 1 of 250 animal images, possibly flipping the drawing’s x-values, assigning a random start date to the implied line data series, and filling the chart with a random shade of green.
This bot run primarily on R using tidyverse packages.
A short Windows batch is scheduled to run every six hours, creating a new post.
In addition to the files on the GitHub page, you will need to create Twitter app and save the credentials to a file API.csv. See the .gitignore files for more information.
The Windows batch file RunDatasaur.bat is two lines telling Windows to run the R script using R 3.4. In future releases, this will be moved to AWS.
- Fauna silhoutte png files from PhyloPic.org. Web addresses and artists for each image used by the bot can be found in BotInputs/DatasaurList.csv.
- United States cause of death data collected from the CDC Wonder database. Queries over various demographics were collected.
For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.
- Ryan Timpe - Initial work - ryantimpe
See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.