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Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Eva Amsen is writing her thesis. It is very easy to get distracted when you are writing your thesis—everyone needs a break from time to time. Eva found a fabulous website while she was surfing the net looking for references to put in her thesis and she blogged about it on [Expression Patterns].

The website is called Wordle. Here's what it does ...
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
I fed it my essay on What Is a Gene? and here's what it gave me ...

Each time you try you get a different configuration of words so it's worthwhile to experiment a bit in order to get a pleasing layout. You can change fonts, colors, background and other things afterwards. Isn't this great?

Here's how Wordle handles another essay Evolution by Accident.

Here's another example with Theistic Evolution: The Fallacy of the Middle Ground.

This is so much fun. It must be bad for you. Send me your favorite Wordles, they must be created from something you wrote.


Neel said...


From a recent post on Green Fluorescent Protein:

From another post on the evolution of baleen whales:

Diane said...
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Diane said...

Oops, trying again...
A pretty accurate representation of what my dissertation-in-progress looks like right now:


Anonymous said...

Your comment-box wouldn't take the reference - oops.

Larry Moran said...

Use html tags to point to a URL. See links.