Obama McCain News Spectrum

By: Jeff Clark    Date: Mon, 12 May 2008

I was thinking about the Word Association Spectrums created by Chris Harrison and thought it might be interesting to create something similar using live data. I've come up with a little application that gets the latest google news results for two terms of interest and generates a word spectrum based on the words found in the results. I removed stop words in order to highlight the words more likely to be of interest. It's an obvious drawback that there are often many hard to decipher overlapping words but it's kind of fun to play with nevertheless. This initial version shows a news spectrum related to the terms 'Obama' and 'McCain'.

Obama McCain News Spectrum (static image)

Please give it a few seconds to start up java and load the data. Click on any word to see the related google news.

The interactive application:

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