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This is me

Plant Jones is a semi-intelligent, non-autonomous plant. He is capable of measuring, analyzing, and alerting others to his own moisture needs.

Plant Jones also possesses not quite developed social skills. He is able to parse tweets from human users and determine their sentiment at a rate statistically significantly above random chance. He uses these analyzed tweets to transmit information about his thirst levels in the hopes of garnering pity and water. Plant Jones is also able to respond when mentioned in other people's tweets.

When too dry, Plant Jones scours twitter for negative tweets about water to display his sadness in a way relevant to his needs. When he is watered, Plant Jones tweets a positive tweet about water signaling how happy he is.



The moisture sensor is attached to the arduino on the 5v pin and analog pin A5. The Arduino measures the moisture level every 30 seconds and sends it to the Pi over RF.


We use this rf library for both the Pi and Arduino. We based our code off of their examples (rpi & arduino). Follow their github readme for wiring info.

Note : We found if we tried to have a >= 1 minute delay between arduino transmissions, it would just silently stop transmitting.

Raspberry Pi

We use the Rasberry Pi Model B+ running raspbian. The Pi listens for messages from the Arduino in recieve_moisture. Tweets are sent through twitter_functions using the Twython library. To set up twitter secret keys you can follow this tutorial

The serialized sentiment analysis models take almost 10 minutes to load into memory on the Pi, which is obviously unacceptable in this fast-paced digital plant world we live in. To avoid having to reload these models every time we want to tweet, we have them running as a local socket server. When a tweet needs to be sent, recieve_moisture makes a request to the server with the desired sentiment.

Sentiment Analysis

We base our sentiment analyis model on Mohammad, Saif M., Svetlana Kiritchenko, and Xiaodan Zhu. NRC-Canada: Building the state-of-the-art in sentiment analysis of tweets. (2013).

We use the most discriminative subset of the features from the original paper: word and character ngrams and sentiment lexicon dictionaries. We train an SVM model with tuned parameters: rbf kernel, C=100, gamma=.0001. This is all done in scikit-learn with a little help from nltk.

The training data was taken from SemEval 2013 workshop Task 2-B. Our F score on the development set is .65 (the full set of features in the paper gets .69).

The model was trained on a desktop computer, serialized, and sent to the Pi to save time. If you do this, make sure your joblib versions match ours; our models were serialized using 0.8.3.

Make Your Own Plant Jones

# install dependencies
sudo apt-get install python-numpy python-scipy python-sklearn python-joblib

# install RF libraries
git clone
cd RF24
sudo make && make install

# checkout code
cd to/plant/jones/root
git clone
cd plant_jones/pi/src

# set up your twitter secret keys in the form
## apiKey,qwebranapikeyglkj
## apiSecret,labranapisecretio
## accessToken,alrbranaccessogh
## accessTokenSecret,arbranaccessecretgihe
vim .secret_keys

# start server

# start recieving moisture from arduino
make && ./recieve_moisture