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swithun
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So

Postby swithun » Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:03 pm

At last, someone else has noticed that so many sentences start with 'so': http://anand.ly/articles/so-pushes-to-the-head-of-the-line. There are quite a few offenders on the BB, or so I've noticed. I was going to say that it would be nice if there was a way to work out who the so and so's were. And so there is, with a recent back up of the BB database and a MySQL server on my netbook:

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mysql> SELECT sos.offender, sos.so, 100 / totals.total * sos.so AS percentage FROM (SELECT phpbb3_posts.poster_id, phpbb3_users.username AS offender, COUNT(*) AS so FROM phpbb3_posts INNER JOIN phpbb3_users ON phpbb3_posts.poster_id = phpbb3_users.user_id WHERE phpbb3_posts.post_text RLIKE '^so[^a-z]' GROUP BY phpbb3_users.username HAVING so >= 10) AS sos INNER JOIN (SELECT phpbb3_posts.poster_id, COUNT(*) AS total FROM phpbb3_posts GROUP BY phpbb3_posts.poster_id) AS totals WHERE sos.poster_id = totals.poster_id ORDER BY so DESC LIMIT 10;
+----------+----+------------+
| offender | so | percentage |
+----------+----+------------+
| James    | 62 |     5.2498 |
| ravanwin | 54 |     1.2127 |
| Shannon  | 40 |     1.7637 |
| baloo    | 34 |     8.8083 |
| dan      | 32 |     2.6622 |
| Gaz      | 31 |     2.3718 |
| chris    | 30 |     1.4641 |
| beev     | 29 |     1.8046 |
| chombee  | 27 |     2.4150 |
| nix      | 24 |     2.7939 |
+----------+----+------------+
10 rows in set (3.83 sec)


which shows the top 10 offenders by raw 'so' count. Or, if the query is done like so, to order by percentage of total posts, then you get this:

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mysql> SELECT sos.offender, sos.so, 100 / totals.total * sos.so AS percentage FROM (SELECT phpbb3_posts.poster_id, phpbb3_users.username AS offender, COUNT(*) AS so FROM phpbb3_posts INNER JOIN phpbb3_users ON phpbb3_posts.poster_id = phpbb3_users.user_id WHERE phpbb3_posts.post_text RLIKE '^so[^a-z]' GROUP BY phpbb3_users.username HAVING so >= 10) AS sos INNER JOIN (SELECT phpbb3_posts.poster_id, COUNT(*) AS total FROM phpbb3_posts GROUP BY phpbb3_posts.poster_id) AS totals WHERE sos.poster_id = totals.poster_id ORDER BY percentage DESC LIMIT 10;
+----------+----+------------+
| offender | so | percentage |
+----------+----+------------+
| baloo    | 34 |     8.8083 |
| James    | 62 |     5.2498 |
| simone   | 23 |     4.1516 |
| nix      | 24 |     2.7939 |
| dan      | 32 |     2.6622 |
| chombee  | 27 |     2.4150 |
| Gaz      | 31 |     2.3718 |
| bill     | 13 |     2.1417 |
| beev     | 29 |     1.8046 |
| Shannon  | 40 |     1.7637 |
+----------+----+------------+
10 rows in set (3.93 sec)


- a slightly different set of grammatical guerillas, so to say.

I have so only counted users who have started a post with 'so' at least 10 times.

So what?

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Re: So

Postby ravanwin » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:55 am

oddly fascinating.

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Re: So

Postby Jane » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:54 am

AM-azing (or maybe I'm just happy to be a non-offender....) x
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Re: So

Postby simone » Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:56 am

so, i am not quite sure what this means about my use of the english language....and does it point to something deeper in my inner psyche! hmmmmmmm
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Re: So

Postby dan » Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:46 am

no
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when I get my chance I'm going to punch him in the nose, in the nose, in the nose

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Re: So

Postby DavidW » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:31 am

*flex*...


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