One of my graduate students reminded my co-instructors and me of a fun internet tool called Wordle which takes text you give it, and makes a graphical representation of the text based on the number of times certain words appear. We used this idea to summarize the course we've just finished on the history and philosophy of engineering education, and then I wanted to keep playing so I made a wordle of my dissertation. The whole thing. Well, except for the references.
It's below the fold. If you want to play along, wordle your dissertation at http://www.wordle.net and share the link with us either from the wordle site or on your own blog. I can't wait to see them!
Here it is, click on it to go to Flickr to make it bigger:
Made at www.wordle.net.
Does statistics count?
Nice! Here's mine:
My Masters Thesis '98
I wordled my book instead:
Here's mine. Can you guess what it's about?
Here is mine:
It was next to impossible for me to remove references and citations without spending hours on this, but I kind of like how it turned out with the references in there. Especially the "et al" part.
Well, it's no secret who I am now. :)
I'm quite impressed that I managed to inspire a wordle craze..... Too bad I don't have a dissertation to wordle yet.... Hmmmmm....What could I wordle now?
No dissertation yet, but here are both of my undergrad theses:
Fun! Here is my masters thesis:
OK, maybe less than anonymous (although my name doesn't appear in the wordle...), but what the heck... it was fun!
You all work on such neat things. Here's our blog's front page as of right now: http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/380816/Sciencewomen
I don't have a dissertation yet but I wordled my recent review paper. It's beautiful! But I'm not posting it here since my specialty is so narrow that I'd give up my pseudonimity pretty quickly. I did print it out and now it grances the cover of my lab notebook. Yay!
This is too much fun! My M.S. Thesis wordled:
Ohhh, I could spend hours doing this!
My first first-author paper from post-doc lab
These are so cool... more, more!
My dissertation is nearly 10 years old, and on another computer...but my most recent major writing project was a paper for my tenure portfolio: http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/381582/Love_All_Your_Neighbors
This is really addicting! Here are both of my undergrad theses, since I don't have a dissertation yet:
Found something to Wordle.... This is my semester :) http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/383829/A_Semester_in_Review
Fun! I just found your blog & you've already given me something to play with. No dissertation yet, but here's a paper on how to write undergrad lab reports ... I like how it picks out what's important!
and part of an introduction to a research proposal (almost creepy):
I love the suggestion a couple of comments up about putting these on lab notebooks ...
hmm ... the first one didn't link ...
I can't stop!!!! I'm doing my annual reports for the last few years to see if the big words change any...
The graduate students in my history and philosophy of engineering education course wordled their final concept map that was supposed to synthesize all the big ideas for the semester. The wordles are posted here: http://ene69500-005-fall2008.blogspot.com/2008/12/course-wordle.html.
It looks like there isn't a link to the graduate students wordles.
Sorry, I think I've fixed it now.
Fun! My thesis is not on this machine, but here are a recent grant:
and the first paper to come from it:
- very cute! [I like how 'et' and 'al' show up so highly!]