Word Cloud Illustrates Most Used Terms in SCOTUS Arguments

November 4, 2010 -

Combine relatively new technology with the transcripts from Tuesday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court for Schwarzenegger vs. EMA and what do you get? A rather interesting word cloud that visually illustrates the most commonly used words throughout the proceedings.

Fast Company analyzed the transcripts and infered by the prominence of words like "obscenity," "know," "whether," and "think" in the cloud that the matter is ultimately philosophical.

Indeed, in looking at the cloud, it is fascinating that the word “think” is represented in larger type than “know.”

Fast Company offered:

Most prominent of all were the words "video," "game" and "violence," and while "zombie" and "beheading" are sadly entirely missed in the list, we know the courts have our best interests at heart because "first" and "amendment" stand out in the cloud too. "

 

Minors" and "children" also outweighed "parent," which is interesting--it implies the legal beagles are really trying to think their way into the problem from a kid's point of view, rather than bowing to pressure from parents groups.


View a full picture of the cloud at Fast Company.


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