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John Johnson

And, to complete the graphic, I think some statement needs to be made on the reasons for the choices in SOTU addresses.


I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. While I think your "point-line" graphics might be fine for "sparkline" type of applications, revealing the overall text structure has its uses.

A variant on this style.org model is to highlight individual words and n-grams (phrases of length "n"), again embedding them within a larger text structure.

We've found (there are several projects on such approaches here at UM) that this can reveal very interesting patterns within and across texts, much of which I fear would be lost by minimizing the text structure itself.


Ken: My comment only applies to this particular case: Clinton's speech got an extra-long red bar because he mentioned the word "freedom" in a sentence that happened to be one of the longest. There are many examples where text structure would be very useful. If you have examples, do point us to them!

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