Presidential words: Beyond definition…


Inaugurals is a site which takes the texts from each of the Inaugural addresses and analyzes the differences between past U.S. presidential inaugural speeches. Each address is compared to:
1. the five addresses nearest to it in time
2. the ten nearest addresses
3. all addresses in U.S. history

Created by Jonathan Feinberg (of Wordle fame), from IBM’s Collaborative User Experience (CUE) Research group, this study of Presidential texts is an experiment in statistical analysis, which “which gives weight to words in a text according to how their frequency of use in the specimen text differs from the norm.”

Check it out!

About Bonnie J. M. Swoger
Science Librarian at SUNY Geneseo, a small, public liberal arts college. I am interested in scientific communication in general and how we teach students about how scientists share information.

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