Obama-McCain Potomac Primary Speech Comparison

By: Jeff Clark    Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008

I have taken the remarks made by both Obama and McCain after the Potomac Primary results were in and constructed another Document Cloud Comparison. As before, a few static images are shown below to give you a flavour but the real fun comes with exploring the interactive application.

If you enter a blank focus string in the application it shows a standard word cloud and colors words that are unique to one speaker or the other. The top words used by Obama and not by McCain include 'change' , 'tax', 'health', 'college', 'bush', 'lobbyists' , 'jobs', 'rich', and 'iraq' . Those used by McCain uniquely include 'promise', 'serve', 'friends', 'strength', 'faith', 'dreams', and 'challenges'.

'Hope' Associations and References (static image)

'War' Associations and References (static image)

Give it a try yourself. The application is written in Java so you may have to wait a few seconds for it to start up.

The interactive application:

To view this content, you need to install Java from java.com


Word Hearts
Effectiveness of Animated Transitions