For my hack I wanted to explore the New York Times (NYT) Wedding Announcements ( and do some corresponding data visualizations. The NYT's wedding announcements are a strange cultural phenomena and are often very elitist and downright strange (seriously, go read one of them). I used modern data mining/AI/NLP techniques to extract a lot of interesting information from this data source and constructed some (awesome) visualizations using D3. Go check out ( for more information and please ignore any typos in the content. The only sleep i got was when i was waiting for NLP jobs to finish running :'(

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