Politics as Statistics

Our very own Ben Reis appears to have touched the same nerve that turns baseball fans into obsessed statisticians. Speechwars is now generating secondary analyses about the meaning of presidential utterances from a purely lexical perspective. Who is to say this is any less insightful that allegedly semantically rich punditry? Some have argued that Google's success points to the strengths of this "low-level" data driven perspective, Can we be equally effective in mining our clinical health records?

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