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British Tabloid Hysteria Correlation

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  • Created by: Hugo Carr
  • Latest result: ans = 311 Error using horzcat Dimensions of matrices being concatenated are not consistent.
  • Created on: 13 Feb 2012
  • Liked: 5 times

How does newspaper hysteria correlate? Do groups of newspapers feel fear at the same time?

This graph uses trends which have been calculated by looking at the front page of each associated news website and deriving a hysteria metric, the heat map corresponds to how each time series correlate with one another.

A red value indicates that two newspapers use a similar volume of hysterical keywords at any given time. A blue value on the other hand indicates a negative correlation, something which could potentially be seen between newspapers on opposing sides of the political spectrum.

Plot Image
data1362 = interp1(time1362, data1362, time1363);
data1361 = interp1(time1361, data1361, time1363);
data1360 = interp1(time1360, data1360, time1363);
data1359 = interp1(time1359, data1359, time1363);
data1358 = interp1(time1358, data1358, time1363);
data1357 = interp1(time1357, data1357, time1363);
data1356 = interp1(time1356, data1356, time1363);
data1427 = interp1(time1427, data1427, time1363);

figure;

%---------- 1

subplot(2,2,1); imagesc(corrcoef([data1363 data1362 data1361 data1360 data1359 data1358 data1357 data1356 data1427],'rows','pairwise'),[-1 1]);

mylabels = {'Telegraph', 'Guardian', 'Independent', 'Daily Star', 'BBC News','Mirror','Sun', 'Daily Mail','Times'};
myShortlabels = {'Tele', 'Guar', 'Indy', 'Star', 'BBC','Mirr','Sun', 'Mail','Times'};

set(gca, 'YTick', 1:9)
set(gca, 'YTickLabel', mylabels);
set(gca, 'XTickLabel', {});

colormap(interp1(1:3, [0 36 125; 255 255 255; 207 20 43]/256, linspace(1, 3, 64)));

myPos = get(gca, 'Position');
myPos(3) = 1/0.95*myPos(3);
myPos(2) = 0.9*myPos(2);
set(gca, 'Position', myPos)

%---------- 2

subplot(2,2,2); imagesc(fliplr(corrcoef([data1363 data1362 data1361 data1360 data1359 data1358 data1357 data1356 data1427],'rows','pairwise')),[-1 1]);

set(gca, 'YTick', 1:9)
set(gca, 'YTickLabel', mylabels);
set(gca, 'XTickLabel', {});

colormap(interp1(1:3, [0 36 125; 255 255 255; 207 20 43]/256, linspace(1, 3, 64)));
set(gca,'YAxisLocation', 'right')

myPos = get(gca, 'Position');
myPos(1) = 0.95*myPos(1);
myPos(2) = 0.9*myPos(2);
set(gca, 'Position', myPos)

%---------- 3

subplot(2,2,3); imagesc((fliplr(corrcoef([data1363 data1362 data1361 data1360 data1359 data1358 data1357 data1356 data1427],'rows','pairwise')))',[-1 1]);

set(gca, 'YTick', 1:9)
set(gca, 'YTickLabel', fliplr(mylabels));
set(gca, 'XTickLabel', {});


hText = text(1:9, 9.53*ones(1,9), myShortlabels);
set(hText,'Rotation',90,'HorizontalAlignment','right')

colormap(interp1(1:3, [0 36 125; 255 255 255; 207 20 43]/256, linspace(1, 3, 64)));

myPos = get(gca, 'Position');
myPos(3) = 1/0.95*myPos(3);
myPos(4) = 1/0.95*myPos(4);
set(gca, 'Position', myPos)

%---------- 4

subplot(2,2,4); imagesc(rot90(corrcoef([data1363 data1362 data1361 data1360 data1359 data1358 data1357 data1356 data1427],'rows','pairwise'),2),[-1 1]);

set(gca, 'YTick', 1:9)
set(gca, 'YTickLabel', fliplr(mylabels));
set(gca, 'XTickLabel', {});

hText = text(1:9, 9.53*ones(1,9), fliplr(myShortlabels));
set(hText,'Rotation',90,'HorizontalAlignment','right')

colormap(interp1(1:3, [0 36 125; 255 255 255; 207 20 43]/256, linspace(1, 3, 64)));

set(gca,'YAxisLocation', 'right')

myPos = get(gca, 'Position');
myPos(1) = 0.95*myPos(1);
myPos(4) = 1/0.95*myPos(4);
set(gca, 'Position', myPos)

% Decorations

axes('Position', [0.324 0.1 0.25 0.785], 'Visible', 'off');
colorbar('YTickLabels',{})

axes('Position', [0.095 0.461 0.815 0.2], 'Visible', 'off');
colorbar('XTickLabels',{}, 'location', 'South')
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    6 comments

    Ned Gulley almost 3 years ago

    Would you consider using a different colormap? Something that makes the gradient look monotonic (like the grayscale)?

    Hugo Carr almost 3 years ago

    Hmmm, I see your point. I'm quite keen to distinguish zero though. I have an idea.

    Hugo Carr almost 3 years ago

    (A patriotic idea)

    Ned Gulley almost 3 years ago

    Well done sir. Rule Britannia!

    Hugo Carr almost 3 years ago

    I'm afraid it won't look quite so authentic when the Times gets more data points. I've printed off a screenshot to hang next to my desk.

    Luke almost 3 years ago

    That is truly fantastic.