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UK Election 2015 Party Manifesti Word Clouds

It is important that you read this article till the end for a list of caveats.

What do they really worry about?
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What are the main parties in recent polls in England most worried about? One way to answer this question is to take at face value what it is that they have committed to in writing, in their official manifesti and using frequency analysis, to highlighted the most recurrent themes.


Taking only the top three most frequent keywords the table below gives ammunition for those who think that all parties are the same. The words, “people” and “work” appear in all manifesti except for UKIP’s where “people” shares fourth place with “national” at 81 mentions each.

It is also no surprise that most parties, with the notable exception of the Conservatives, enjoy talking about themselves. Labour, LibDem and UKIP’s party names appear in the top three list. (Find all links to data and references below).

Top three words mentioned in the manifesti of the following parties.

Party Most frequent words Frequency
Conservatives People 158
Conservatives Work 137
Conservatives Support 131
Labour People 163
Labour Work 152
Labour Labour (the party) 145
LibDem Democrats, Liberal (the party) 177, 160
LibDem Work 170
LibDem People 167
UKIP UKIP (the party) 191
UKIP EU (The European Union) 158
UKIP Britain, British 125, 97


While both the Conservatives and the LibDem mention “schools” only (101 times and 84 times respectively), Labour mentions both “education” 39 times and “schools” 39 times.

Party School and education mentions Total
Conservatives Schools, 101 101
LibDem Schools, 84 84
Labour Education, 39 + Schools, 39 78
UKIP Schools, 40 40


While both the Conservatives and the LibDem mention “schools” only (101 times and 84 times respectively), Labour mentions both “education” 39 times and “schools” 39 times.

Party Health-related mentions Total
LibDem Health, 98 + NHS, 55 153
UKIP Health, 42 + NHS, 42 84
Labour Health, 32 32
Conservatives No direct mention 0

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Among the two parties aspiring to nationalistic votes, the Conservatives mention “National” 96 times, “Britain” 94 times and “country” 85 times, whereas UKIP mention “Britain” 125 times, “British” 97 times and “UK” 89 times.

Total “nationalistic” mentions

Party Nationalistic mentions Total
UKIP Britain, 125 + British, 97 + UK, 89 311
Conservatives National 96 + Britain, 94 + British, 56 + UK, 49 295
LibDem UK, 96 + National, 82 + Britain, 57 235
Labour Britain, 58 + National, 49 107

It is important to understand the shortcomings of this approach. The number of mentions is only the beginning of your research as a voter. Frequency does not give any indication as to how this issue will be dealt with in terms of policy proposals.


For instance, all four manifesti mention the word “tax”.

Party “Tax” mentions Total
Conservatives 121 121
LibDem 88 88
UKIP 67 67
Labour 43 43

However, this simple table doesn’t tell the voter what each party intends to do about it, lower it, increase it, or keep it the same.

It is therefore essential to read all the documents for a more thorough understanding of what each party stands for.

Here are the links to each party’s manifesto, as well as the wordclouds in pdf format.


LibDem WordCloud Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2015

UKIP WordCloud UKIP Manifesto 2015

Labour WordCloud Labour Party Manifesto 2015

Conservatives WordCloud ConservativeManifesto2015

*The methodology is as follows, the text of each manifesto was submitted to a website that provides frequency analysis.

How Instagram’s emoji hashtags became the new political organizing tool

Originally posted on Quartz:

It may have been a coincidence, but the timing was prime.

On April 27, Instagram enabled hashtag emojis as part of an app update. On its first day, the ghost emoji had around 2,000 posts tagged, while the ever-popular praying hands emoji had around 5,000. But the emoji of two women holding hands (widely presumed to represent a sex-sex couple) garnered more than 13,000 posts, as people around social media discussed same-sex marriage legalization.

The next day, April 28, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a set of cases that would determine whether states can accept or ban same-sex marriages performed in other states. The court is generally believed to be divided along partisan lines, with Justice Anthony Kennedy—considered the deciding vote in the case—leaning tentatively toward same-sex legalization.

The court is expected to deliver its ruling in June. If it comes down on the side of legalization, the decision would effectively legalize same-sex marriage…

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Nearly eight months after launching a platform to connect college students with local job opportunities, Campus Job has raised a $7.8 million Series A round of funding led by General Catalyst Partners, with participation from Index Ventures, Box Group, SV Angel, Slow Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and others.

The company originally launched with a model that allowed students to sign up on the platform and look for part-time work nearby, while companies who were looking to hire had to pay to unlock each listing they posted once qualified applications had come through. In January, the startup pivoted to a new model that asked companies to pay extra for more advanced search criteria, upping the cost of unlocking applicants’ profiles.

Campus Job has also recently added full-time job search for seniors, with partners that include Snapchat, Zenefits and Yelp. The company says that it’s seeing 10,000 new students each week and…

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Microsoft’s Project Oxford Gives Developers Access To Facial, Image And Speech-Recognition APIs

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Microsoft quietly launched a set of new machine-learning APIs in beta under the “Project Oxford” moniker yesterday. These new APIs allow developers to add face detection and recognition features to their apps, as well as speech recognition with the ability to understand the speaker’s intent. The project also features a vision API for automatically categorizing images and creating smart image crops that always put the subject into the center of the cropped images.

These three services are now available as a public beta. There’s also a fourth API that lets developers build custom language understanding into their applications.

Previously, Microsoft offered a set of somewhat similar APIs under the Bing brand. Bing offers a speech and translator API, for example, but for the most part, these Bing services are somewhat more basic and search-focused than the Project Oxford tools.

To showcase Project Oxford’s Face API, Microsoft built This site…

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ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

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Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz.

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It was’t an immediate decision, Kader said — sure, it’s easy to see a business in selling software to sales teams, but was it something he and his employees could get excited about? Ultimately, he said they decided, “We love our customers and we think the idea of a salesperson is also changing for the better, sales culture is changing for the better. We can be the company that essentially builds a religion for salespeople that elevates the sales game.”

To be clear, ToutApp…

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