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A New York Times infographic [nytimes.com] that highlights the language of past US presidential inaugural addresses between 1789 to the present. The most-used words in each address were sized by number of uses. In addition, words highlighted in yellow were used significantly more in this inaugural address than average.

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Do you know a way to download the raw data? I think there would be an interesting graph of key words over time.
Very cool though.
Thanks
Nechama

Wed 21 Jan 2009 at 3:48 PM

Some quick datamining of:
http://www.bartleby.com/124/
would probably get you all the raw data you need. Obviously common words would need to be cropped out, but you could get all the information you need. I think there was a site that did something like this idea (over time) of state of the union addresses.

Wed 21 Jan 2009 at 5:07 PM

It's not quite as comprehensive as the NYT page, but it's a similar idea that I saw before this one.
Tag Cloud of Obama's inaugural speech compared to Bush's.

Thu 22 Jan 2009 at 4:47 AM
Jamie

I think it would be interesting to interact with this information by bringing in factors such as state of the economy, rate of unemployment, war, etc. It seems that dire times make for more dramatic speeches. I'm seeing an interface like the Glass Engine....

Thu 22 Jan 2009 at 3:16 PM
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