Sunday, August 01, 2004

Visualization of Word Frequencies

WORDCOUNT / Tracking the Way We Use Language - Main

WORDCOUNT / Tracking the Way We Use Language / About: "WordCount (TM) is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonality. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is."

Rather interesting, and clever.. I played with it a little. I entered several different words to see their rankings and look at the words closest to them.. and then entered numbers to see what appeared in various segments. The last word is apparently conquistador (86,800). Spot checking numbers looking at the first hundred, sends my mind into several tangents about the things most on our minds. Go check it out.

Thanks for the find go to Minding the Planet

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