Monday, June 30, 2008

Stop! Words.

As promised, I have redone Wordle’s handling of so-called “stopwords”, words that are too common to visualize in most cases. Now, when you give Wordle some text, it does its best to figure out what language the text is in, and hides the stopwords for that language. Of course, as before, you can ask Wordle not to remove common words, via the “Language” menu.

I still need stopwords for Hebrew, Nepali, and (of course) many other languages. Please let me know, dear Wordle users, if you can scrape up these or any others that I’ve missed.

6 comments:

GMCKat said...

I love this creative utility. What quirky, fun, graphic options. I already have plans for making some for my websites. Thank you for sharing.

Kat
www.katsturtz.com

Greg said...

Can we enter our own stopwords? I use 'toolbar' on delicious to group favourites, but wouldn't want this on my wordle.

Jonathan Feinberg said...

You can right-click on any word to remove it.

Philippe Lhoste said...

I would be interested by these lists of stop words. Is there a reliable source for them?

Dan said...

Is Dan a stop word in some language? When I try to make a Wordle of a list of friends names, including my own, I'm always noticeable by my absence!

Jonathan Feinberg said...

I've had contributions of stopwords from several very kind Wordle users, who are credited on the Wordle site. The western languages were taken mostly from the snowball project.