The point of it...

Many of the lists in WordSmith offer a word cloud feature similar to those you have probably seen on the web. The idea is to promote pattern-noticing.


How to get here

This function is accessed from the Compute menu, sub menu-item Word Cloud (web_cloud) in the various Tools.



In this case of collocates of cash you can get a word cloud based on any column of data.


With Concord clusters based on cash, this example was computed:


In the case of key words, you can get something like this:



In this case the word cloud was based on the key words of a novel, Bleak House (Charles Dickens). The highlighted word Guppy is the name of one of the characters and details of this word are shown to the right.


What you can see and do

The Copy and Print buttons do what their names suggest. The Refresh button recalculates the cloud, e.g. after you have deleted items in the original data.

As your mouse hovers over a word in the cloud you get details of that individual word.

You can change the word cloud settings in the main Colours setting in the Controller.


The font sizes range from a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 40 depending on the range of values in your data. The font is the one you may choose for any of  your standard displays.

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