Super Tuesday Contrast Diagrams
By: Jeff Clark Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008
The image below shows the Document Contrast Diagram from
the remarks made by both Clinton
after the Super Tuesday primaries on Feb 5th.
Document Contrast Diagram for Clinton/Obama Super Tuesday Remarks (click to see larger version)
My first post on Document Contrast Diagrams will
give some guidance on how to interpret the image.
Here are a few things I noticed that are illustrated by the diagram. You may have to view the larger version to see
some of these details.
- The two segment columns show that Obama's speech was longer - it had roughly 40% more words.
- There was a pretty strong difference in the vocabulary used. There are lots of large word circles that are coloured strongly red or blue.
- There were many common words as well. Some of the most frequently used words that were used about the same number of times by
both speakers are: 'Thank', 'mortgage', 'voted', 'states', 'year', 'President', 'war', 'deserve', 'health', 'across', 'challenges', and 'young'.
- Words used frequently and primarily or only by Clinton include: 'America', 'day', 'voice', 'opportunity', 'world', 'life', 'country', 'child', and 'nation'.
- Words used frequently and primarily or only by Clinton include: 'Washington', 'time', 'different', 'can' , 'change', 'cannot', 'Yes', and 'boys'.
- The emotional tone varied more in Obama's speech than in Clintons.
- The segment with the most negative tone in Obama's speech occurred around the middle and was related to 'Bush'.
- The segment with the most negative tone in Clinton's speech occurred near the end and was related to 'war'.
- Overall, both speeches had a positive emotional tone.