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Grexit stage left: visualizing the online discussion around Greece’s possible Euro exit

May 24, 2012
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Grexit stage left: visualizing the online discussion around Greece’s possible Euro exit

  While Tsipras and his Syriza coalition have been busy in Greek parliament, the Internet has been a-buzz with speculation that their platform will result in a Greek exit from the Euro currency.  This prospect, affectionately dubbed “Grexit” by Citi… Read more ›

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Visualizing the #nonato Twitter hashtag – time series and top users

May 21, 2012
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Visualizing the #nonato Twitter hashtag – time series and top users

  The NATO summit is currently being held in Chicago, and, as is typical for NATO or G# summits, the streets and tweets are full of dissent.  In the spirit of my past investigations of online dissent (#jan25, #25bahman, #12fev,… Read more ›

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Charting Twitter time series data with tweet and unique user counts

May 21, 2012
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Let’s say you’ve used my Python script to automate the download of a hashtag or search phrase from Twitter (in a Unicode safe way, unlike within R).  Now let’s say you want to visualize the number of tweets over time.  Easy… Read more ›

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Visualization of Reading Level Frequency by Congressional Bill Stage

April 15, 2012
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Visualization of Reading Level Frequency by Congressional Bill Stage

  Here’s a fun example of how you might use my data on Congressional bill length and complexity.  Imagine you want to understand the empirical distribution of Flesch-Kincaid reading level for Congressional bills and how this distribution is related to … Continue reading →

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Statistics on the length and linguistic complexity of bills

February 13, 2012
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Statistics on the length and linguistic complexity of bills

  Where would you go to find out what the longest bill of the 112th Congress was by number of sections (H. R. 1473)?  How about by number of unique words (H.R. 3671)?  What about by Flesh-Kincaid reading level  (S. … Continue reading →

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Visual Summary of #jan25 Twitter Activity

January 29, 2012
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Visual Summary of #jan25 Twitter Activity

  Last year, I covered a number of the so-called “Twitter protests” in China (#cn220), Iran (#25bahman), and Algeria (#fev12).  Since these protests began in January 2011, the Arab Spring has claimed many members of both ruling and revolting groups … Continue reading →

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