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Plot for Truthfulness of certain Political Figures

  • Created by: James Kristoff
  • Latest result: Plot created
  • Created on: 12 Dec 2013

Included from trend description:

This data is a representation of data taken from:

www.politifact.com

The data is a normalized value of truthfulness for each person, where 1 is always tells the truth, and -1 is always lies.

I was inspired by:

http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/trendy/trends/1471

however, my scoring algorithm uses the following mapping:

 True          =  1
 Mostly True   =  2/3
 Half True     =  1/3
 Mostly False  = -1/3
 False         = -2/3
 Pants on Fire = -1

and then normalizes the data based on the maximum possible score they could have received to reduce the difference between people that have vastly different numbers of entries on the site.

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% Truthfulness of certain Political Figures
%   time vector is: time2160
%   data vector is: data2160

people = {'B. Obama','J. Boehner','M. McConnell','N. Pelosi','H. Reid'};

t = time2160;
d = data2160;

for i = 1:length(people)
    diffData(:,i) = diff([-2; d(:,i)]);
    changeLocations{:, i} = find(diffData(:,i));
    changeLocations{:, i} = sort([changeLocations{:, i}-1; changeLocations{:, i}]);
    changeLocations{:, i}(1) = [];
    index{:, i} = false(1, length(d(:,i)));
    index{i}(end) = true;
    index{i}(changeLocations{i}) = true;
end

hPlot = plot(t(index{1}), d(index{1}, 1),'-o',...
             t(index{2}), d(index{2}, 2),'-o',...
             t(index{3}), d(index{3}, 3),'-o',...
             t(index{4}), d(index{4}, 4),'-o',...
             t(index{5}), d(index{5}, 5),'-o');
datetick
legend(people, 'Orientation', 'horizontal')

ylim([-1, 1])

hold on

line(xlim, [0, 0], 'Color', 'k')

ylabel('Truthfulness')
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