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The Governor’s Debate — in Word Clouds

Ethan Rarick, director, Matsui Center | September 5, 2014

What did Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari talk about in their debate last night? To visualize the answer, here are two word clouds showing the relative frequency of the 100 words most commonly used by each man:

 

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

Neel Kashkari

Neel Kashkari

One quick take-away (though too much analysis defeats the purpose of this kind of thing): You can see how a candidate with a big lead tends to ignore the opponent even when they are seated next to each other. Kashkari said “Governor” and “Brown” a lot, but “Neel” and “Kashkari” don’t even appear on Brown’s cloud.

A couple of technical notes: This is based on the uncorrected transcript as produced by closed captioning and available on the C-SPAN site. These were produced using Word It Out.

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