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Voyant Workshop

Allows us to visualize word frequency in one or more texts, producing cirrus "word clouds," visualize word trends, look at frequent words in context, etc. It may be used as a discovery tool and as a research tool for exploring a hypothesis. It is open source; your data is stored at the Voyant website unless you download your own edition.
1.) Sample text
  • Here is a sample data set from the last debate between American Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Let's learn how to view the data, work with and save various visualizations.
  1. stop words
  2. selecting a word in cirrus and viewing a word trend
  3. saving / favoriting word trends
  4. navigation via the summary panel

Discussion: significant patterns? possible research questions?
Patterns to the invocation of specifically patriotic keywords (American, country, etc.)

2.) How to Upload a Text
A simple ascii.txt (as you might edit in Notepad) copyied and pasted into the uploader is best. You need to upload separate files if you want it to treat two or more texts as separate. Voyant will TRY to interpret other file formats or complete direct uploads from URLs. Your mileage may vary.

3.) Saving your work

4.) In-class exploration

Homework: 1.) Finish your Twine hypertexts. 2.) Explore your texts in Voyant. Upload the URL for your Voyant dataset. We'll discuss readings and work towards developing interesting lines of inquiry with your text(s).

Voyant data links


Twine Submissions

Verify that your Twine is accessible via your IUP home page.

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Reading Discussion

1.) LDSATanya Clement, “Text Analysis, Data Mining, and Visualizations in Literary Scholarship” | Annotation
2) DebatesVisualizing Millions of Words MILLS KELLY | Annotation
3) DHPed10. Teaching Computer-Assisted Text Analysis Stéfan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell |

Voyant Work

Inclass work towards projects. Troubleshooting.

Homework: Voyant visualizations

In-class Tuesday, write about project goal.