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Visualizing Senator Paul’s Filibuster

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Transcripts: they’re not just for reading anymore. Yesterday, when I posted the transcript of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director, I assumed that our readers would appreciate reading what the senator and his colleagues actually said.  George Mason University’s Rajendra Kulkarni, however, chose to do something far less snooze-worthy and much more visually appealing: graphic visualizations of the words in the transcript. (Click on the individual images to see full-size versions of them.)

First, a word cloud (generated by IBM’s Many Eyes cloud computing website):

Sen_RPaul_filibuster_full_text_word_cloud

Next up: a cluster density map:

Sen_RPaul_filibuster_full_text_cluster_density_map

And finally, a network map, connecting all the words in the transcript together:

Sen_RPaul_filibuster_full_text_network_map

The Cluster and network views were generated with VosViewer, freeware developed  by a team at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University, formerly from Erasmus Univ (Rotterdam, NL).

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