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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2008-09-05 00:16:51

Ever since Google's Chrome browser was released a few days ago, it seems like every other article in my news feeds related to it some way. It was getting pretty ridiculous, but I figured it would be a good time to experiment a little with something I wanted to try a while ago: tag clouds. So I hacked together a quick-and-dirty cloud generator based on the subject lines of all the articles in my news feeds over the last seven days. As of right now, the word "chrome" (including the "chrome's" variant) appears almost as many times as the word "and" (in fact, it's only short by one). Now that's pretty ridiculous.

Posted by Fai at 2008-09-05 02:18:41
You should try to run it but exclude prepositions. To, of, and for are not really interesting words.
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Posted by stak at 2008-09-05 07:58:03
Prepositions are words too! You shouldn't discriminate against them just because they're small and popular. :)

Also (1) I didn't want to hard-code a list of words to filter out, (2) they're not that hard to ignore when looking at the cloud, since there's only a handful of them, and (3) I think there's some value in leaving them in, so you can compare the occurrence of "normal" words against them, like I did with "chrome".
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Posted by rohan at 2008-09-05 16:38:26
and is not a preposition?
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Posted by stak at 2008-09-05 18:14:44
"and" is a conjunction, no?
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Posted by rohan at 2008-09-05 18:56:32
so you were comparing "chrome" with a conjunction not a preposition!
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Posted by stak at 2008-09-05 19:19:35
Ok.. you're right. Regardless, I'm leaving the conjunctions *and* the prepositions in. For now, anyway.
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