Library bloggers… whatcha talking 'bout now?

This is a variation of the previous cloud which attempts to show which words have been used more frequently in the last couple of days compared to previous days.

I’ve added a lot of the more common words to the stop word list (e.g. “librar*” and “google”) to try and allow some of the less frequently used words to gain importance.

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So, why is Mozart back in vogue? Several bloggers have recently posted about NMA Online (inc. Peter Scott’s Library Blog & ResourceShelf).

If a word is used several times in a post (e.g. “segala” and “liszen”) then that can make the word appear “hotter” than it perhaps should be, and some posts are appearing more than once (e.g. those from ResourceShelf) — I’ll try and fix that.

You can click on any of the words in the cloud to see links to relevant blog posts.

http://161.112.232.18/cgi-bin/sl/cloud2.pl

I’ll continue to tweak the code, so it might change over the next few days…

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4 comments
  1. I forgot to explain the colouring… Green means that the word has gained in popularity, whilst red means that the usage has declined in the last couple of days.

    Words that have neither gained or declined much in usage (such as “librarything”, “gotuit” and “library2”) are not shown.

  2. …and here’s another variant which gives higher weighting to words that appears on multiple blogs:

    http://161.112.232.18/cgi-bin/sl/cloud3.pl

    Again, green is for increasing popularity (over the last 2 days) and red shows a decrease. The visual emphasis shows to the popularity of the word.

  3. Hi David

    Yep — there’s a list of stop words that it ignores, although I think I could do with adding a few more words to it.

    I’ve had another idea of how to improve the cloud, so there might be another version coming soon!

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