McKinley and Roosevelt created a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign affairs (and fraught with imperialism)— this can be seen in the topic modelling of inaugural addresses

Introduction

Presidential inaugural addresses are historically known to be devoid of real substance and instead formulaically seek to create a sense of bipartisanship through affirming the nation’s values. This stands in stark contrast to the bold claims and aspirations stated in presidential debates. However, through the use of Natural Language Processing, I was able to cut through the characterless speeches and gain interesting insights through topic modelling. “Topic modeling is an unsupervised machine learning technique that’s capable of scanning a set of documents, detecting word and phrase patterns within them, and automatically clustering word groups and similar expressions that best characterize…

TikTokers perform their dance challenge to the song Blinding Lights by The Weekend

Introduction

TikTok is a rapidly growing social media platform where users commonly create vides of themselves performing “dance challenges” to songs. Each song has a particular choreography devised by the initial creator of the challenge. TikTok is now the 7th largest social media platform and boasts more users than Snapchat, Pinterest, and Twitter¹.

The top TikTok songs used in these dance challenges have gained a staggering number of videos made to them. For instance, Laxed by Jawsh 685 has had 49.40M videos made with the songs as the music.

Andrew Smith

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