Word Mapper takes the web by storm

Posted on December 22, 2016 by

Newly recruited LEL lecturer Andrea Nini has just released the Word Mapper app, which he created alongside Jack Grieve and Diansheng Guo.

You can find out more about the app, and download the original dataset, here. From that page:

The original Word Mapper app lets users map the relative frequencies of the top 10,000 most common words in an 8.9 billion word corpus of 890 million geocoded Tweets collected from across the contiguous United States between 11 October 2013 and 22 November 2014. The app was created by Jack Grieve, Andrea Nini, and Diansheng Guo for the Trees and Tweets project, funded by AHRC/ESRC/JISC/IMLS as part of Digging into Data 3. The Quartz version was designed by Nikhil Sonnad and maps the 97,246 words that occur at least 500 times in the corpus.

The app has already been featured on Language Log, and users of social media are predictably excited about it. Manchet congratulates Andrea and friends for getting the word(s) out there!

Featured image: DINNER vs. SUPPER.