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Trump's Mentions of Penn

This folder contains the data and code behind the article: How many times has Trump mentioned his Wharton education? We crunched the numbers.

Read Trump's Direct Quotes

To read all of Trump's mentions of his education at Penn, follow the links below. Each file also contains when and where he said the term, and includes Factbase's sentiment and emotion analysis.

Phrase File
Wharton wharton_mentions.csv
University of Pennsylvania university_of_pennsylvania_mentions.csv
Ivy League ivy_league_mentions.csv
good/great/excellent student good_student_mentions.csv

How It Works

Data Analysis

We utilized Factbase's archive of Trump's public commentary. We wrote to scrape their JSON endpoint for given terms (we used Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Ivy League, and good/great/excellent student). The scraper also pulls Factbase's information on sentiment and emotion of the text, though this data was not used in our project.

To generate the data for our timeseries graph, we wrote, which generates the range of dates from when Trump announced his candidacy to January 16, 2018, the day the data was gathered. It then maps each date to the number of mentions of the inputted phrase on that day.

Finally, aggregates all four of our terms and maps them to the state they occurred in. We also pulled the number of rallies held in each state, though we ended up not using this data, as it didn't reflect a full list of Trump's speaking engagements.


The visualizations for this project were made with C3.js and Highcharts. The first two graphs (of total mentions and mentions over time) use C3. The code can be found in charts.js. The map uses Highcharts' map visualization library, Highmaps. Its code can be found in map.js.