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Tag Cloud of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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January 26, 2011 06:48 pm

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Here’s a tag cloud I made using the text of President Obama’s State of the Union address from last night. A tag cloud is a visual depiction of the word content of a website, or, in this case, a speech. The more times a word is used, the larger it appears in the tag cloud.

As you can see from the image below, some of the words the president used most often last night were “jobs” and “job” (25 and 6 mentions, respectively), “new” (36 mentions), and “people” (31 mentions).

For those concerned with education issues, “education” (11 mentions), “schools” and “school” (10 and 5 mentions, respectively), students (9 mentions), college (7 mentions), and teachers (4 mentions), among others, made the cut and appear in the image below.

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In case you’re wondering, I used the transcript of the speech posted to the White House website to create this tag cloud. I did not include words like “applause,” “laughter,” or “laughter and applause.” I did include “salmon,” but it wasn’t used enough to be featured in the cloud or it’s so small that I didn’t see it.

Does anything from the cloud especially stand out for you?

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