‘Example’ Category

View Statistics of Wikipedia pages

December 10th, 2012

We have recently started to work with an interesting additional data-source for Wikipedia data: the number of views per hour a specific Wikipedia page receives. This data is available at this website http://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/pagecounts-raw/ and contains view data since 2008.

Below we present three examples of the temporal evolution in  the interest a specific Wikipedia article generates. Until now we have extracted and processed view data from 2008 till March 2010, more data is being currently downloaded.

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Examples / U.S. National conventions’ discourses visualized

September 9th, 2012

We’d like to share an interesting example of discourse visualization, created by the New York Times.

It shows how often speakers at the two presidential nominating conventions used different words and phrases.

The visualization is quite simple but effective. Each word is represented with a circle, and size represents its use. the circle is divided showing the word’s use by each group.
X axis represents polarization (democrats on the left, republicans on the right).

Visualization loads only the most used words, but it is possible to add other words or sentences just typing them in the form.

This visualization not only allow to get an overview of the discourse, but also to reach the punctual data. Clicking on a words, it returns a list of all the sentences containing it. This link between an global and detail should be one of our goals: also from London’ workshop we saw that when people engage with a visualization, they want to go deeper in details.