Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
29 August 2014
Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives
The #nzpol Wordcloud
last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and
David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all
tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the
last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud.
extracting all the words from a base of around a thousand
tweets we counted the number of times each word was used and
display the words in the graphic with the height of the text
representing the number of times the word was used. Only
words used 5 or more times are displayed and retweets are
counted as multiple uses of the
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