By Kenton Rambsy
Data visualizations help researchers turn complicated metadata into accessible, usable, and discernable graphics that communicate characteristics about the style of writing.
Below, I have provided images of visualizations that were made through Voyant Tools. The text-mining software automatically extracted data extracted from short stories I uploaded and created create visualizations based on numerical information related to word usage and diversity of language.
Below are five data visualizations features on Voyant Tools.
Cirrus is a word cloud displaying the frequency of words appearing in a corpus.
Bubblelines visualizes the frequency and repetition of a word’s use in a corpus. The larger the bubble represents the frequency at which the word is being used at a particular moment in the story.
Links represents the collocation of terms in a corpus by depicting them in a network through the use of a force directed graph. In this graph the frequency of the word is indicate by relative size of the term.
Mircosearch visualizes the frequency and repetition of a single word across a corpus. The individual bars represent the varying lengths of each different document. Also, the red represents the frequency at which the word is being used at a particular moment in the story.
• Notebook on Voyant Tools
• "Seshat: A Digital Humanities Initiative" at Howard University
• The African American Literary Studies Lab