Spinning

February 21, 2008

David Skillicorn and his colleagues at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario have been doing some important work on how the various candidates convey truthful messages.  Using a variety of computational linguistics techniques, they determine which candidates are most likely to tell a straight story versus who  provide more spin than substance.  Check out his recent work on the topic:

http://www.cs.queensu.ca/home/skill/uselection/

Overall, Skillicorn finds that in speeches over the last two months that McCain is the most direct and truthful and that Obama provides the most spin.

 JWP

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