Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tag Clouds

A very ingenious person has devised a way to illustrate words used in speeches according to:
1. most used in that speech (larger)
2. newer, compared to frequency in earlier documents in the series (brighter)
The speeches are all Presidential, mainly State of the Union addresses, with a few major policy speeches thrown in.
For example, if you follow the Reagan's tag clouds, 'economic' is the big word in the earlier speeches, later 'family' and 'freedom' grow as 'economic' shrinks.
Go look, you can move one speech at a time using the arrow keys.
(h/t Crooked Timber, where other interesting patterns are pointed out in the comments.)


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