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an interactive data visualization of text analysis. the graphs illustrate the rules & patterns of quantitive linguistics with which text can be considered a system of words where length, position & frequency of words do not appear at random.

3 circles represent the text (dot in the middle), the sentences, the words & the letters. every single spot represents an entity connected to the parent group it belongs to. the colors correspond to every single word & are attributed to the word the first time the word appears, they also show when a word appeared for the first time & how often it was found in the whole text. users can filter words

the current screenshots are based on a speech of George W. Bush announcing the war against Iraq in 1991, as it is a good example of how the words “people”, “listen”, “forces” and “saddam” are used. it also show how the application can be used to analyze the writing styles of different authors.

[link: timwalter.de]

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4 COMMENTS

Isn't the problem with this that almost any text you input will result in a similar-looking diagram?

I don't get it. It is actually taking meaning away from the the data.

Sat 12 Apr 2008 at 4:10 AM

i never intended to create a new kind of visualization for reading the content of a text, but to reveal some linguistic patterns. that is why i did not mind destroying its readability and as a result its primary, but not its only meaning.

Sat 12 Apr 2008 at 11:54 PM

what linguistic pattern is revealed here?

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what other meaning is found?

Sat 26 Apr 2008 at 7:45 AM
davidwhitehill

this is a pretty picture, and an interesting exploration. it does not add any meaning to the data though. part of the trouble with data viz is the 'just because we can, doesn't mean we should' issue.

Thu 24 Jul 2008 at 12:25 PM
tom watson
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