For all the comedians on Twitter, one of the most popular social media pastimes during GOP debates is to simply to retweet the candidates, so to speak, by posting their best quotes. When Newt Gingrich quipped that "I am inclined to believe dictators. It is dangerous not to," thousands of people tweeted the quote, often without any added commentary.
To measure which quotes resonated the most on Twitter, we analyzed more than 170,000 tweets sent during the event. In addition to identifying highly retweeted candidate quotes, we test drove our beta "sentiment score" algorithms under development at Yahoo! Labs to identify positive and negative tweets mentioning candidates' names. Mixed positive and negative tweets are indicative of "controversies." Here's what we found:
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