Visualizing Relationships Of Words In Leonard Cohen’s Lyrics
A simple pie chart or bar graph can sometimes illuminate a mathematical relationship between sets of values more effectively than the mos elegant formula. Similarly a visual method of displaying the relationships and connections within a body of text may yield insights that have proved elusive to capture by listening to or reading the lyrics.
Words trees focus on the occurrence of specific words or series of words (chosen by the user) within a specified database (in this case, Leonard Cohen’s lyrics) and the relationships between those worlds.
The graphic at the top of this post1 is part of a word map of the phrase, “Dance Me,” in Leonard Cohen’s songs.
Creating Word Trees From Leonard Cohen’ Lyrics
An interactive applet that will create word trees form a databased composed of the lyrics of the songs from Leonard Cohen’s albums is now online at the Heck Of A Guy web site: Leonard Cohen Lyrics – Word Trees
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