Life in a few words

August 9, 2022

Just out of curiosity, I made a quick wordcloud using Mathematica with very few normalization (capital letters, punctuation characters, stop words, short words, etc.) to summarize some personal stuff I wrote during the last 15 years or so, and I thought I will just put it right there.


My very basic script is shown below: (More solutions are available on Stack Exchange.)

data = Import["~/Documents/home/writings/combined.txt"];
junk = {"comme", "quand", "enfin", "lorsque", "après", "jusqu",
   "sinon", "aujourd", "autour", "entre", "aussi", "toute", "petit",
   "avoir", "encore", "aurais", "étais", "avais", "juste", "leurs",
cleanedData =
  StringReplace[#, RegularExpression[
       "\\b[0-9]+[/-][0-9]+([/-][0-9]+)?\\b"] -> ""] & /@
cleanedData =
     StringReplace[cleanedData, PunctuationCharacter -> " "]]],
   StringLength[#] > 4 && # != "comme" &];
cleanedData = DeleteCases[cleanedData, x_ /; MemberQ[junk, x]];
WordCloud[cleanedData, Disk[],
 ColorFunction -> ColorData["AtlanticColors"]]

The sieve for junk words was quickly devised by trial and error. Nothing’s perfect to be expected.

♪ Bod Dylan • Changing of the Guards

See Also

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