We ran our trend detection tool Signi-Trend (published at KDD 2014) on news articles collected for the year 2014. We removed the category of financial news, which is overrepresented in the data set. Below are the (described) results, from the top 50 trends (I will push the raw result to appspot if possible due to file limits).
I have highlighted the top 10 trends in bold, but otherwise ordered them chronologically.
Updated: due to an error in a regexp, I had filtered out too many stories. The new results use more articles.
2014-01-29: Obama’s state of the union address
2014-02-07: Sochi Olympics gay rights protests
2014-02-08: Sochi Olympics first results
2014-02-19: Violence in Ukraine and Maidan in Kiev
2014-02-20: Wall street reaction to Facebook buying WhatsApp
2014-02-22: Yanukovich leaves Kiev
2014-02-28: Crimea crisis begins
2014-03-01: Crimea crisis escalates futher
2014-03-02: NATO meeting on Crimea crisis
2014-03-04: Obama presents U.S. fiscal budget 2015 plan
2014-03-08: Malaysia Airlines MH-370 missing in South China Sea
2014-03-08: MH-370: many Chinese on board of missing airplane
2014-03-15: Crimean status referencum (upcoming)
2014-03-18: Crimea now considered part of Russia by Putin
2014-03-21: Russian stocks fall after U.S. sanctions.
2014-04-02: Chile quake and tsunami warning
2014-04-09: False positive? experience + views
2014-04-13: Pro-russian rebels in Ukraine’s Sloviansk
2014-04-17: Russia-Ukraine crisis continues
2014-04-22: French deficit reduction plan pressure
2014-04-28: Soccer World Cup coverage: team lineups
2014-05-14: MERS reports in Florida, U.S.
2014-05-23: Russia feels sanctions impact
2014-05-25: EU elections
2014-06-06: World cup coverage
2014-06-13: Islamic state Camp Speicher massacre in Iraq
2014-06-14: Soccer world cup: Spain surprisingly destoyed by Netherlands
2014-07-05: Soccer world cup quarter finals
2014-07-17: Malaysian Airlines MH-17 shot down over Ukraine
2014-07-18: Russian blamed for 298 dead in airline downing
2014-07-19: Independent crash site investigation demanded
2014-07-20: Israel shelling Gaza causes 40+ casualties in a day
2014-08-07: Russia bans food imports from EU and U.S.
2014-08-08: Obama orders targeted air strikes in Iraq
2014-08-20: IS murders journalist James Foley, air strikes continue
2014-08-30: EU increases sanctions against Russia
2014-09-05: NATO summit with respect to IS and Ukraine conflict
2014-09-11: Scottish referendum upcoming - poll results are close
2014-09-23: U.N. on legality of U.S. air strikes in Syria against IS
2014-09-26: Star manager Bill Gross leaves Allianz/PIMCO for Janus
2014-10-22: Ottawa parliament shooting
2014-10-26: EU banking review
2014-11-05: U.S. Senate and governor elections
2014-11-12: Foreign exchange manipulation investigation results
2014-11-17: Japan recession
2014-12-11: CIA prisoner and U.S. torture centers revieled
2014-12-15: Sydney cafe hostage siege
2014-12-17: U.S. and Cuba relations improve unexpectedly
2014-12-18: Putin criticizes NATO, U.S., Kiev
2014-12-28: AirAsia flight QZ-8501 missing
As you can guess, we are really happy with this result - just like the result for 2013 it mentiones (almost) all the key events.
There probably is one “false positive” there: 2014-04-09 has a lot of articles talking about “experience” and “views”, but not all refer to the same topic (we did not do topic modeling yet).
There are also some events missing that we would have liked to appear; many of these barely did not make it into the top 50, but do appear in the top 100, such as the Sony cyberattack (#51) and the Fergusson riots on November 11 (#66).
You can also explore the results online in a snapshot.