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  • The state of the State of the Union

    Boston Globe - 01/24/2015

    As elegant and precise as they can be, speeches are data, after all. A pair of interactive graphics posted to The Atlantic from Mitch Fraas and Northeastern assistant professor of history Benjamin Schmidt mapped both the areas of geographical focus of SOTUs through history and the language of the speeches themselves, the propensity of one president over another to employ a given word. Schmidt has a similar tool on his site which allows users to put this year’s address in full presidential context, word by word. And Twitter’s own interactive breakdown of the speech links each paragraph of the text with millions of #SOTU tweets, sorted state by state and issue by issue.

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