Sarah Palin Topic Browser

Earlier this month, several thousand emails from Sarah Palin's time as governor of Alaska were released. The emails weren't organized in any fashion, though, so to make them easier to browse, I did some topic modeling (in particular, using latent Dirichlet allocation) to separate the documents into different groups.

Below are the topics learned by the model; click through to see emails falling within each topic. (I named the topics using my own rough interpretation, to make them easier to browse.)

For some more analysis and information on how the browser works, see this blog post. By Edwin Chen (edchedch).

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Topics

Trig/Family/Inspiration

family, web, mail, god, son, from, congratulations, children, life, child, down, trig, baby, birth, love, you, syndrome, very, special, bless, old, husband, years, thank, best, …

Wildlife/BP Corrosion

game, fish, moose, wildlife, hunting, bears, polar, bear, subsistence, management, area, board, hunt, wolves, control, department, year, use, wolf, habitat, hunters, caribou, program, denby, fishing, …

Energy/Fuel/Oil/Mining

energy, fuel, costs, oil, alaskans, prices, cost, nome, now, high, being, home, public, power, mine, crisis, price, resource, need, community, fairbanks, rebate, use, mining, villages, …

Gas

gas, oil, pipeline, agia, project, natural, north, producers, companies, tax, company, energy, development, slope, production, resources, line, gasline, transcanada, said, billion, plan, administration, million, industry, …

Education/Waste

school, waste, education, students, schools, million, read, email, market, policy, student, year, high, news, states, program, first, report, business, management, bulletin, information, reports, 2008, quarter, …

Presidential Campaign/Elections

mail, web, from, thank, you, box, mccain, sarah, very, good, great, john, hope, president, sincerely, wasilla, work, keep, make, add, family, republican, support, doing, p.o, …

Scheduling

:00, p.m, meeting, janice, :30, friday, a.m, monday, event, meet, call, thursday, tomorrow, schedule, anc, tuesday, attend, remarks, saturday, thanks, speech, mayor, conference, wednesday, afternoon, …

Conservation/Agricultural Industries

kenai, maid, river, mat, dairy, milk, industry, water, seafood, fish, nbsp, products, boat, farmers, plant, million, food, board, plan, conservation, public, kasilof, 2007, alaskan, creamery, …

Budget/Funding/Revenue

budget, funding, capital, projects, year, million, spending, funds, public, money, veto, support, need, operating, legislature, project, last, karen, fund, thank, cuts, increase, work, see, future, …

Local Events/Military

event, first, day, year, military, events, national, service, army, home, visit, honor, awards, sarah, soldiers, attend, make, support, family, guard, thank, juneau, two, team, invitation, …

Commissions/Boards/Committees

board, council, native, university, arts, fairbanks, years, director, commission, appointed, served, fisheries, member, rural, members, 2007, community, executive, development, committee, serve, chief, 907, seat, juneau, …

Public Services

health, department, services, public, program, care, safety, training, employees, work, provide, agencies, federal, issues, contract, system, administration, service, such, troopers, security, government, union, mental, employee, …

Law

court, law, states, under, attorney, section, case, general, act, right, rights, united, u.s, supreme, amendment, order, public, individual, regulation, legal, federal, second, judge, first, district, …

Senate/Legislation

bill, senate, house, session, rep, committee, senator, special, bills, legislative, legislation, green, 907, date, sen, vote, district, tax, legislators, legislature, representative, finance, members, resolution, public, …

Transportation/Local Administration

project, road, city, ketchikan, juneau, said, borough, dot, community, cruise, fire, highway, system, area, bridge, transportation, water, airport, mayor, manager, first, land, during, use, house, …

Travel/Fundraising/Events

roston, west, released, presented, crivella, todd, erika, house, juneau, 10/14/2009, phone, fax, thanks, fagerstrom, residence, avenue, 99801, first, manager, flight, executive, 716, travel, calhoun, you, …

Congress/Senate/Official Business

email, senator, stevens, note, federal, jwkatz, changed, thank, =3d, energy, arctic, john, org, congress, congressional, relations, delegation, katz, anwr, special, gas, senate, work, earmarks, secretary, …