[Humanist] 24.160 text-analysis in the popular media

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:38:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: Laval Hunsucker <amoinsde at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.157 text-analysis in the popular media

Further to Martin's remarks below.
 
A national newspaper here ( de Volkskrant ) did something quite similar in a
two-page spread on 8 June (p.12-13), the day before the national elections
-- in a non-partisan effort to help voters make their choice among the
various parties. The analysis here was of answers which other interviewed
voters had given to the question why they had decided to vote, the following
day, for a given party. This was done for seven parties.

The article is online :
http://www.volkskrant.nl/archief_betaald/article1387513.ece/Klein_handboek_voor_de_strategische_stemmer 
( see the last paragraph ), but the actual word clouds aren't, without a
password.

- Laval Hunsucker
Breukelen, Nederland

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 157.
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>        Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:53:49 +0100
>        From: Martin Wynne <martin.wynne at oucs.ox.ac.uk>
>        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.151 text analysis in the popular media?

Hi Mark,

Word clouds made it into the popular media in the recent 
UK election 
campaign. The BBC coverage of the leaders' debates 
included word clouds 
for each participant immediately after the end 
of the debate, and word 
and tag clouds of twitter contributions on 
the topic of the debates 
(although the journalist who presented it 
clearly didn't know how to 
interpret them!). It was a live TV 
broadcast and I can't find a record 
of it for you, unfortunately.

They also appear fairly regularly in the press - see for example 
http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/2010/06/budget-word-cloud/.

Best wishes,
Martin

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