Friday, September 11, 2009

Okay, Wordle is cool

I've been slow to acknowledge the beauty of Wordle, but this page is pretty neat (h/t Henry). Wordle, in case you are unfamiliar with it, is a tool that graphically depicts the frequencies of words. This page shows the word clouds for all the presidential inaugural addresses. Larger blue words are the ones spoken most often. Darker shaded blue ones are atypical words, compared to preceding and succeeding inaugural addresses. The red words are those which are conspicuously missing from the speech compared to neighboring addresses. Below is the cloud for Lincoln's second inaugural:

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