Assignments for October 8

Readings: NPR story and graphic on bird-strike data, Sunlight’s work on health care lobbyist bundling. Be prepared to discuss in class.

Text data: Using the tools we used in class, do a word tree and a word frequency index on this Senate speech by Sen. Inhofe. Then do an in-cell bar chart like we did in class (you can do this in Excel or Google spreadsheets, using the REPT() function). Save the results and email them, either as a link (or in the case of the word frequency index, you can copy the results into Excel or a Google spreadsheet). Do the results suggest any possible avenues of reporting?

Excel: Work through this tutorial, which uses this data file. Email me the finished file.


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