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Old 09-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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So I had this idea yesterday

I want to make a word cloud banner for my blog, and I'd appreciate some help in finding all the relevant words. If you help me I'll make extra word clouds that I won't be using and I'll post them here. Everyone will be welcome to use them.

FYI: Don't suggest numbers or punctuation. They will be dropped by the program.

I attached my latest draft image. Here are the words that I have so far:

Kindle Sony Bebook Neo Amazon Pocketbook
e-reader ebook iPad Stanza Aldiko eReader
tablet Apple iOS Android Mobipocket Epub
Sipix Eink Liquavista Mirasol read digital
reader Bridgstone DXGraphite Alex Pocket Edition
Touch Daily Ebookwise Fictionwise BooksOnBoard
app Cruz Pandigital ETI Rocketbook Gemstar
Franklin Neonode Onyx Boox Hanlin Hanvon
Gajah Baen Tor library digital publishing
review reader ebookstore book books ebooks
Borders Kobo Chapters Indigo Whitcoulls Waterstones
WHSmiths Iliad Irex China IFA CES BEA
IDPF Cybook Bookeen Orizon Opus piracy
DRM chaos panic disorder Wifi Touchscreen
calibre mobileread ManyBooks Addall Webscription
Gutenburg library Sigil Geographic Restriction
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Could you explain what you mean by a "word cloud", Nate? It's something I've not come across!
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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Look at the attached image. If you want more examples, go here:
http://www.wordle.net/

He explains it better than I can.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Could you explain what you mean by a "word cloud", Nate? It's something I've not come across!
Obviously, that's where all those falling letters that have been in vogue on TV and film computer screens since The Matrix come from.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:04 PM   #5
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but all the words in your cloud are the same size and emphasis (unless I'm missing something) - surely the words you want to emphasise more should appear larger and easier to read and those words that aren't so interesting (for whatever reason) should fade more into the background. You appear to have created word mist
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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but all the words in your cloud are the same size and emphasis (unless I'm missing something) - surely the words you want to emphasise more should appear larger and easier to read and those words that aren't so interesting (for whatever reason) should fade more into the background. You appear to have created word mist
good one!

I was hoping to get more suggestions about the words to include so I left the weights out. If I showed the weighted word cloud I'm concerned that someone might nit pick the weighting. Also, I'm also not done assigning the weights.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:20 PM   #7
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Now that I think about it, the best way to do the weighting would be to let MR members vote on it.

Let's save that for another thread, though.
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Due to having no idea what a "word cloud" was, I Googled it.

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A text cloud or word cloud is a visualization of word frequency in a given text as a weighted list. The technique has recently been popularly used to visualize the topical content of political speeches
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:49 AM   #9
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Nate, what I am curious about is why you want to to have this word cloud banner? What's the 'added value' for your blog?
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Word clouds, when done well, can give you ata glance what's going through the minds of 100's, 1000's or even millions of users. If applied to just one persons writting then it probably just shows you that persons favourite words but when applied to user posts then it becomes a hand on the pulse of the web.

Obviously you'd want to just pull nouns and perhaps adjectives as it wouldn't look very interesting just seeing the word "and" in huge letters in the middle of your cloud. With minimal preprocessing they produce a reasonably accurate view of what people are talking about.

I think it would be very interesting to see what comes out when applied to the daily posts on a site like this.

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Nate, what I am curious about is why you want to to have this word cloud banner? What's the 'added value' for your blog?
It would look pretty and be more on topic than the default banners.
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Thanks, Nate. That's a valid reason. And now I understand why you're doing it the way you're doing it.
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I can't see for looking hard, but some obvious ones would include ?

mobileread
iPod
ManyBooks
Addall
Webscription
Gutenburg
library (even Patricia Clark)
Calibre
Sigil
Geographic Restriction

but then as I write these, and check back with the 'cloud', I wonder is you have any specific criteria in mind ?
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I already had calibre and iOS, but you're right about the others. Thanks.
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With an animated gif, you can make some letters change colors, resize, fade, or float. That would endow the banner with rainbow-like or cloud-like qualities.
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