Now you can measure the spin

The oldest is certainly earning his keep. He sent another link to SlashDot that wrote on this article from NewScientistTech.

A Canadian mathematics and science research has developed an algorithm to measure the amount of spin from a political speech.

Each of the candidates had made speeches containing very high and very low levels of spin, according to Skillicorn’s program, depending on the occasion. In general though, Obama’s speeches contain considerably higher spin than either McCain or Clinton. For example, for their speeches accepting their party’s nomination for president, Obama’s speech scored a spin value of 6.7 – where 0 is the average level of spin within all the political speeches analysed, and positive values represent higher spin. In contrast, McCain’s speech scored -7.58, while Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention scored 0.15. Skillicorn also found that Sarah Palin’s speeches contain slightly more spin than average.

Here’s the Bill Clinton speech at the recent DNC convention that is referenced in the beginning of that article. He says Obama a few times, see if you can find it.