The Pudding has created a data visualization tool that allows users to visualize the people, places, and things that members of the U.S. Congress most frequently tweet about. Users can filter the data by member, time and topic, including health, military, and guns. In the past year, members of Congress tweeted the most frequently about health and immigration and they mentioned China in a tweet more than 1,000 times. The Pudding used a machine learning algorithm to classify the tweets and will update the tool daily until 2021.
Visualizing the Tweets of the U.S. Congress
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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