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WordWanderer: A navigational approach to text visualisation

Dörk, Marian and Knight, Dawn ORCID: 2015. WordWanderer: A navigational approach to text visualisation. Corpora 10 (1) , pp. 83-94. 10.3366/cor.2015.0067

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Text visualisations provide visual representations of documents or small corpora with the primary aim of supporting language analysis. We are interested in developing a more playful approach to language that can be characterised by the notion of wandering as an open-ended movement. To support such a casual form of engagement with text, we designed the WordWanderer system: a visualisation technique that extends tag clouds into a navigational interface for text. The tool supports the gradual movement between word ‘context views’, which represent the words that co-occur in the vicinity of the selected word, and word-‘comparison views’, which arrange words based on their association strengths between two selected words. We report on the encouraging feedback from a ten-day deployment of the interface and present promising directions for future design and research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corpus linguistics; text analysis; information visualisation; digital humanities; exploratory search
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 1749-5032
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: April 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:13

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