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Interesting indeed. Thanks for posting this! How many times did they say “education” and “health care”? I won’t be voting (apathetic response until the last minute means I didn’t switch my registration to PA, and therefore can’t vote). However, I will be watching the election to see what kind of bomb shelter I may need to build…
I’ve written a simple Python script that enables you to parse the words from each of the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.
Download the transcript for the Biden - Palin debate
Download the transcript for the Obama - McCain debate
Here’s the code. Some features:
Some interesting points for the Biden - Palin debate:
The Obama - McCain debate:
Update: On a related note, in Tuesday, October 14th’s Science Times, an article mentions James W. Pennebaker, a psychologist at U of T, who has done research in precisely the field of word analysis and social behavior as a result, and maintains a blog as well!