week 5

I understand the concepts that are being discussed in this weeks tutorial, and how people would gain valuable information from changes in language. However, as someone who learns audibly or kinetically, I struggle with extracting an ability to apply these techniques to myself and where my research interests lie. Having said that, the one visualisation that I can appreciate that was presented this week was the “In a Word” project, to me it provides a good starting point of looking at a particular month in modern history and the topics that were most relevant at the time, not just the topics that we now consider important looking back. For example I was surprised that Snowden only occurred as the main topic in one program in one month, I had expected him to be a much bigger story, although this could be because it is a data set drawn from an Australian provider and Snowden did not have a particular impact on our politics or intelligence community.

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