What did he say?

Text Analysis has long been a staple of the humanities computing diet. Its use, however, is not limited to scholars of literature. Here’s an example of how text analysis in a graphical presentation can provide some interesting data.
The New York Times has published a page that allows one to search President Bush’s State of the Union addresses for any keyword. It then displays the word count as a number and a graphic, and the location of the word in the speech. Clicking on the word’s location displays the word in context in its paragraph.
While this posting is making no political statements, it is easy to see how powerful visualizing words in this manner can be.
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The page is at the NYTimes web site (free subscription required to view):
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/washington/20070123_STATEOFUNION.html?

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