Week 5 – Counting words

At interesting practical. I’m still amazed at Tim’s ability to source so much information. In playing with the counting words tool, I found it interesting in searching terms like ‘Afghanistan,’ ‘refugee’s,’ and ‘Tony Abbott.’ If I recall correctly, Afghanistan was mentioned more than 350 times in Julia Gillard’s speeches, I think refugees and Tony Abbott were mentioned less than 20 times respectively. Beyond the trivial aspect of me searching this, it allows for the ready identification of key issues affecting Australia and an indicator of their national significance based on the times the terms were mentioned. At the least, this allows for a means to identify what the PM of the time thought important to include in speeches.

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