A Stranger to Words

One Pager for ‘A Stranger to Words’ – an interactive network graph created by Meng Chih Chiang to visualize her personal learning experience. It’s a very interesting concept and explained well in the build notes below.

Based on her daily reading report, the personal database of 23,358 words were created originally to express how she understood words. The complicated graph evolves a great diversity of transformations, creating a mesmerizing interactive visual experience in which the language and the line of connection work in unison. Its goal is to reveal a connecting system of underlying text algorithm in a novel and insightful way and to unfold personal sentiments as a dyslexic through the capabilities of data visualization.

Interpretation - The graph consists of 4,525 nodes and 17,648 edges. Each word has four properties of English learning:
1. Known / Unknown
2. Letter length
3. Syllable length
4. Frequency of occurrence

For example, the word โ€œPeopleโ€ will connect to the node of โ€œKnownโ€ (I knew the word), the node of โ€œOccurrence 3โ€ (It appeared 3 times totally), the node of โ€œLength 8โ€ (8 letters) and the node of โ€œSyllable 2โ€. The size of a node in the graph is determined by the number of nodes/words to which it is connected, with bigger circle indicating more connections.

Node = words I read or wordโ€™s properties
Edge = A wordโ€™s connection to its properties
Node size = Degree = number of connections
Node Color = Modularity = the group to which each word belong

1. Zoom in to enlarge the network to see words clearly.โ€จ
2. Roll over any node of word, it will show 4 line of their properties.โ€จ
3. Roll over the node of property, it will show all the words which own this trait.
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