Mapping Press Releases in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election

The 2015 Canadian federal election is in its final stretch and college and I thought it would be a great opportunity to collect some data and do some machine learning. Citizen data science in action!

We looked at the press releases of non-regional Canadian federal political parties using Datacratic’s Machine Learning Database (MLDB). The image below is a map with 620 dots each representing one English-language press release, colored by each party’s official color. The closer two dots are, the more similar the text of the press releases they represent. The white text labels were placed by hand to give a sense of what the various groupings mean.

A lot of interesting insights about each party’s communication strategy can be derived from the visualization.

Check out the complete blog post for more details as well as an interactive version of the graph.


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