May 03, 2004

Fun with White House Search Results, Part II

I decided to revisit a blog entry I'd made back in March 2003, to see how things had changed or stayed the same with regard to search results at the White House website. First, a summary of some notable changes:

  • "Iraq" is up 532.5%, not surprisingly

  • "peace", on the other hand, is down 84%

  • Strangely, so is "war"! (-84%)

  • "Idiot" was up 100%.

  • "Religion" dropped by 94%, "faith" dropped by 88%, but "God" is up by 47%.

  • "Cats" and "dogs" were both down over 83%. Still nothing for "goldfish"

  • "Domestic" dropped by 83%, but "foriegn" rose by 56%

  • It wasn't a good year for "truth": down 83%

  • However, it was a great year for "lie", up 67%

  • And it was an awesome year for "fear", up 121%

  • The White House website mentions "Democrat" a lot less now (-86%), but "Republican" mentions grew a respectable 33%

  • Hmm: "bribes" were up a staggering 600% since March 2003

  • And yet, "money" dropped 91%, and "special interests" dropped 97%.

  • Mentions of "Israel" were down 86%, but mentions of "Texas" were up 83%.

  • It wasn't a good year for "sex", which dropped 93%, while "drugs" rose 84%.

  • Unfortunately, "rock and roll" dropped 100%.

  • I didn't collect data on these terms in 2003, but I find it interesting that as of today the White House website mentions the term "oil" only 58 times, but mentions "hydrogen" 86 times.

  • Also, in 2004 there are more mentions of "Arnold Schwartzenegger" than there are of "Condoleezza Rice" at the White House website.

  • If you're looking for information on, or simply mention of, the term "United Nations", don't bother searching at the White House website. You'll find zero (0) results.

  • I post this on a record-breaking hot-as-hell day here in La Jolla, but I know better than going to the White House website for information on "global warming" because the number of search results I'll get for that phrase is zero.

And now, the raw data comparing 2003 to 2004, followed by a list of new findings for 2004:

                           2003   2004 
                          -----  -----  
iraq.....................   480   2556
bin Laden................   233    355
enron....................    56     66
halliburton..............    12     28

pollution................   205    310
crime....................   515    888
homeland security........  1090   6893

axis of evil.............    38     47
patriotism...............   109    123
flag.....................   309    417
peace....................  1571    258
freedom..................  1682   3252
economy..................  1683   3287
war......................  2028    327

brilliant................    50     77
intelligent..............    39     80
stupid...................     5      0
dumb.....................     1      0
idiot....................     0      5

evil.....................   524    633
worship..................   251    313
prayer...................   358    497
faith....................   960    115
religion.................   321     18
god......................   800   1173

goldfish.................     0      0
cats.....................    73     12
dogs.....................   156     11

terrorist................  1435   2765
unemployment.............   357    610

domestic.................   746    127
foreign..................  1691   2645

truth....................   347    121
lie......................   594    991

global terror............    62      8
global warming...........     0      0

environment..............  1045   1601
taxes....................  1510   2356
business.................  1953    205

republican...............   829   1109
democrat.................   641     88

liberal..................    42     86
conservative.............   135     20

dove.....................     5      5
hawk.....................    51      8

woman's right to choose..     0      0

bribes...................     3     18
campaign finance reform..     9     44
kickbacks................    10     13
quid pro quo.............    13     18
special interests........    89      3
gifts....................   395     54
incentives...............   591   1273
votes....................   856   1388
money....................  1341    127
   
                           2003   2004 
                          -----  -----
england..................   133    258
egypt....................   139     18
italy....................   165     29
saudi arabia.............   190     39
iran.....................   212    482
germany..................   239    434
france...................   287     96
japan....................   302     51
korea....................   322    681
canada...................   352    498
india....................   381    462
israel...................   392     53
china....................   507    756
russia...................   566    102
mexico...................   636   1051
texas....................  1130   2063

fear.....................   429   949
worry....................   492   869

pretzel..................     9    12 
alcohol..................   163   314
  
baseball.................   152    284
football.................    87    143
soccer...................    37      7 
golf.....................    32     48
basketball...............    32      3
hockey...................    17     28 

sex......................    44      3
drugs....................  1060   1954
rock and roll............     2      0

springsteen..............     0      0
stereolab................     0      0
beatles..................     1      1
madonna..................     2      2
michael jackson..........     3      2
britney spears...........    23     22
yo la tengo..............   152    317
rolling stones...........   380    828
who......................  3962   7444
guided by voices.........  9798  13386

amazon...................     2      3
ebay.....................     5      0
yahoo....................    12      1
microsoft................    23      1
apple....................    46    134

blog.....................     0      0
earthlink................     1      1
aol......................    21    113
web......................   417     38
internet.................   382    882
the well................. 13185  17668
New 2004 searches (didn't do them in 2003):

kill.....................     84
killed...................     84
wounded..................    198

innocent.................     52
guilty...................     11
deception................    194
secret...................    535
secrecy..................     81

citizen..................   3401
consumer.................   1196

bible....................      3
torah....................      0
koran....................      0

jesus....................     45
christ...................     10
christian................    188
muslim...................    385
jew......................      0
jewish...................    149
minister.................   1566  
rabbi....................     26
imam.....................     38

church...................    495
state....................    915

men......................   2375
women....................    159

abortion.................    165
marriage.................    572
gay marriage.............      0
divorce..................      3

diebold..................      0
rigged...................      0

middle east..............   1234
midwest...................    86

9-11......................    20
9/11......................    19
september 11th............  1388

tobbaco...................     6
smoking...................   180

education.................  3167
social security...........  1012
welfare...................    58
surveillance..............   252
intelligence..............  1628
monitoring................  1158

prosperity................   751

diplomatic................   116
military..................   235

united nations............     0

mission accomplished......     0

honor.....................  2489
courage...................   719
honesty...................     9
integrity.................    33
ethical...................     4
ethics....................   196

guns......................   186
violence..................   985


rape rooms..............      40
torture.................      30

democracy...............      97

alcohol...................   314
party.....................  2075
awol......................     4

arnold schwarzenegger.....    28
condoleezza rice..........    25

richard clarke............     5
valerie plame.............     5
joe wilson................    13
paul o'neill..............    57

secretary of state........  1091
vice president............   618
secretary of defense......   591

preserve..................    58
protect...................   649
defend....................  1335
constitution..............  1320
bill of rights............   187

NRA.......................    15
ACLU......................     0

gas......................     53
oil......................     58
hydrogen.................     86
nuclear..................   1177

cbs.....................      83
fox news................      25
cnn.....................      10
abc.....................       9
nbc.....................       3
msnbc...................       1

national guard..........     310
reservist...............      92
contractor..............       7
mercenary...............       1
Posted by brian at May 3, 2004 11:48 AM
Comments

that is hilarious

Posted by: dubya at May 3, 2004 04:50 PM

quite funny... :]

cant wait till your test in 2005.

Posted by: jarod at May 4, 2004 01:54 AM

what does the white house care about yo la tengo?

Posted by: vorbis at May 4, 2004 07:00 AM

Maybe I'm not reproducing your method correctly, but I get quite different numbers for some topics. Some variation is likely as the indexer hits new pages and removes old pages, but others are an order of magnitude different. It also looks there isn't consistency in the use of quotation marks to indicate a complete term. See the differences between bill of rights (search was done with quotes above) and yo la tengo (search was done without quotes above).

peace .............. 2805
war ................ 3323
midwest ............ 1
"bill of rights" ... 170
bill of rights ..... 22053
"yo la tengo" ...... 0
yo la tengo ........ 190

Anyway, it's amusing none the less.

Posted by: patrick at May 4, 2004 09:33 AM

Patrick, you're right --- in fact I just checked at the WhiteHouse.gov site, and already several of the search results return different counts than what I listed.

Hmm.

Also, some of the humorous links, like "yo la tengo", "guided by voices", "the well", stuff like that, were obviously searches without quotes. But all the serious stuff was done with quotes unless it was a single word.

I'm very intrigued to discover that the search result counts vary so soon after the article was written. Not that I think the White House people have done anything --- I suspect it's a technology issue. Would love to find out the cause.

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