(and here my series continues… I’m blogging through August mainly to keep the work going when it can be so easy to sneak away, and this is more of an internal diary than anything else!)
Mathematica is made by the same company, Wolfram Research, that brings us Wolfram Alpha – the computational knowledge engine that powers parts of Siri, as well as being an overall fun resource to use as historians, tinkerers, or well, anybody (I’ve written about it before). As a diversion, I thought I would start comparing economic data to the topics that I am finding through MALLET.
Using free-form input, let’s get annual figures for unemployment in the US, 1964-1989.
With that done, we can then manipulate our data – getting them into comparable datasets – and begin to run correlations. Let’s see if we can find correlations in topic occurrences against the unemployment rate… Read more