The Guardian writes:

Bloggers are a resourceful bunch: they like nothing better than to "fact check (insert name of candidate or journalist)'s ass".

MIT Media Lab graduate student Cameron Marlow has done wonders with Perl to create a tool to help bloggers analyse transcripts of the presidential debates. Just plug in a well-worn phrase - say, "war on terror" - and up pops a phrase count (Bush 11, Kerry 7, for the record).

Marlow lists the candidates' top 25 phrases during the first Bush-Kerry clash, and repeats the exercise or last night's vice-presidential debate: Cheney's top three phases were Saddam Hussein (11), fact of the matter (10) and United States (10), while Edwards' were John Kerry (36), American people (28) and tax cuts (16).

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Re: Presidential Debate Analysis
by zentara (Archbishop) on Oct 07, 2004 at 10:43 UTC
    OT: Humour

    If you are a cynic about the upcoming "selections", and need a laugh, check out this flash, which compares the "selections" to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. :-)

    Presidential Horror Show


    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
Re: Presidential Debate Analysis
by gothic_mallard (Pilgrim) on Oct 07, 2004 at 08:05 UTC

    Wonder if we could get this working on British politics too... or actually whether we'd want to ;-)

    --- Jay

    All code is untested unless otherwise stated.

Re: Presidential Debate Analysis
by Your Mother (Archbishop) on Oct 08, 2004 at 01:22 UTC

    Semi-OT: http://www.eod.com/americanpeople/ is by a rather nice hacker fellow I've met online and I suspect it's written in Perl. Filters "The American People" from election news feeds and presents captions and links.