Textplot: (Mental) maps of texts

Textplot is a little program that converts a text document into a network of terms that models the patterns by which different words “distribute” inside the text – terms that tend to show up in the same places get linked together with strong ties. Then, when the networks are passed through a force-directed layout algorithm, you end up with a little mental geography of the document – a 2D layout that surfaces the underlying topic structure of the text. For example, in this image, War and Peace – “war” on the left, “peace” on the right, and “history” on top.

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