Project by Mike Beaudet, John Wihbey, Matt Tota, Aneri Pattani, Sophia Fox-Sowell, Emily Hopkins, Emily Turner, Gail Waterhouse.
While national debate in the United States continues over financial disclosure practices for federal officials, personal financial disclosure for state and local officials remains an under-studied area also in need of more sunlight and scrutiny.
This research project scores each U.S. state based on relevant disclosure policies and practices. This score is also integrated with other related measures to assess overall transparency around potential conflicts of interest by public officials. We also compute levels of corruption in each state to situate the transparency data in meaningful context, providing a unique, data-driven perspective on the current ethical climate in each state.
nauguration speeches in the United States set the tone for the new administration and they’re a reflection of the events of the time. They also reference the biggest worries of the population and provide a snapshot about the politics of every era.
This project explores all inauguration speeches available at the time (from George Washington to the second administration of Barack Obama) using a notational system to classify topics extracted through Natural Language analysis techniques.