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Here’s something you might actually want to use

Word clouds are fantastic and often quite beautiful ways of presenting information. They can also be used to analyse the key themes in a piece of text. To generate word clouds from text you can use www.wordle.net – it’s free and fun. If you want to save your word cloud to use in a presentation or document, just do a screenprint and then edit it down to the size you want in Paint or any other simple graphics package.

Here are today’s top headline stories presented as word clouds – all generated by Wordle. I was quite taken by the prominence of the words shirkers and skivers in the Sun word cloud, but, to be fair, there were only 86 words for Wordle to play with in the Sun’s top story…

Headline word cloud from the Guardian:Headline word cloud from the Guardian

Headline word cloud from the Times:

Headline word cloud from the Times

Headline word cloud from the Sun:

Headline word cloud from the Sun
Sarah Agarwal – Project manager

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  1. Actually I’m in the process of working with a client to reorganise some of their information and used a word cloud to give an initial overview of the content that was already there. They found it very useful as much for highlighting terms that they expected to see but were not in the word cloud, or for areas they felt were under represented.

  2. You might also consider passing the date through a term extraction system first as it can reduce the ‘chaff’ words.
    http://www.nactem.ac.uk/software/termine/

  3. For those who may not know, “chaff” words are, eg, ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘then’ and suchlike…

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