Political Tag Clouds

October 3, 2008

Tag Cloud of Sarah Palin at Vice-Presidential Debate (October 2, 2008)

Filed under: campaign 2008, republicans, sarah palin — Tags: , , — jbushnell @ 5:27 pm

Tag cloud generated by Wordle.net.

We used the transcript available at http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/02/debate.transcript/

Some changes were made to the original transcript for clarity’s sake: First, apostrophes in posessives were replaced with spaces to ensure that posessives were not considered differently than the nouns. Second, in order to improve visualization of phrase frequency we made the following changes: Gov. changed to Governor, Sen. changed to Senator, Wall Street changed to WallStreet, Barack Obama changed to BarackObama, Main Street changed to MainStreet, Governor Palin changed to GovernorPalin, Senator McCain changed to SenatorMcCain, John McCain changed to JohnMcCain, Senator Biden changed to SenatorBiden, Bush Doctrine changed to BushDoctrine, George Bush / Bush (when not a part of BushDoctrine or BushAdministration) changed to GeorgeBush, middle class changed to middleclass, Fannie Mae changed to FannieMae, Freddie Mac changed to FreddieMac, small business(es) / small-business changed to smallbusiness, federal government changed to FederalGovernment, vice president / V.P. changed to vicepresident, understands changed to understand, terror / terrorists changed to terrorism, United States / U.S. changed to UnitedStates, North America changed to NorthAmerica, Al Qaeda changed to alQaeda, Gen. Petraeus / Petraeus changed to GeneralPetraeus, off-shore changed to offshore, two-state solution changed to Two-stateSolution, vice-presidency changed to vicepresidency, you know changed to youknow, White House changed to WhiteHouse, sub prime changed to subprime, health care changed to healthcare, Ronald Reagan / Reagan changed to RonaldReagan, No Child Left Behind changed to NoChildLeftBehind, American people changed to AmericanPeople, Exxon Mobil / Exxon Mobils changed to ExxonMobil, $ / dollar / dollars changed to USD

Not all of the terms combined in this manner were used frequently enough to appear among the 100 words depicted in the finished word cloud, and some of them were initially used by Biden and not by Palin and vice-versa.

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September 26, 2008

Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention (September 3, 2008)

Word cloud of Sarah Palin’s speech at the RNC. Text taken from http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/conventions/videos/transcripts/20080903_PALIN_SPEECH.html

Created using wordle.net. Process notes: The following changes were made for clarity and to avoid redunancy: United States = UnitedStates; vice president = VicePresident; John McCain = JohnMcCain; John S. McCain = JohnMcCain; McCain (when used without John) = JohnMcCain; candidates = candidate; daughter = daughters; son = sons; Americans = American; small town / small towns / small-town = smalltown; moms = mom; next president = NextPresident; Saudi Arabia = SaudiArabia; challenges = challenge; daughters = daughter; White House = WhiteHouse; pipeline = pipelines; tax = taxes; terrorists = terrorist; opponents = opponent; Al Qaida = AlQaida; businesses = business; produce / produced / producing = production. Not all changes are reflected in the cloud because the frequency was still not high enough.

A space was added before each (noun)’s to ensure that possessives were not listed differently than the nouns that possess.

Many hypens were either deleted or replaced with spaces as appropriate (for example, McCain-Palin = McCain Palin, commander-in-chief remains unchanged, and kind-hearted is changed to kindhearted).

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