Thursday, October 18, 2007

State of the Union Statistics

Here is an interactive view of the State of the Union addresses from all the US Presidents. Larger word clouds indicate the words that were used more frequently. You can select a President and compare his address (in red) with another's (in white). Up and down arrows can help eliminate word clustering. The bar chart at the bottom indicates the total number of words in each address. A very nice use of frequency statistics.

George W. Bush has a fondness for Julie, shown on the right. This is Julie Aigner-Clark who developed the Baby Einstein videos and cashed in when she sold out to Disney. Of course, the videos have now been shown to be ineffective. Hear the NPR story.

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