Symphony Word Cloud
Instructions


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Introduction

Symphony Word Cloud Generator creates a word cloud from text you provide. A word cloud is an image that has words arranged in a way that conveys their relative frequencies. There is a variety of ways to depict word clouds. Symphony does it by varying the font size and font color. Words are arranged in a sprial, where the most common word appears in the largest font in the middle of the image, and the remaining words are placed around it in a clockwise rotation outward.

In addition to the basic display, Symphony provides a few other features that enable you to control the words that are included in the word cloud. Those features are described below.

While using the Symphony Word Cloud Generator, you will see some captions for settings appear as links. Mousing over them will give you additional details as to what they do and how to use them.

Create a Basic Word Cloud

These instructions cover the minimum steps needed to create a word cloud.
  1. Click the Text to Analyze button
  2. Copy the text you want analyzed from its source and paste it into the large text area.
  3. Click the Size and Submit button.
  4. click the Update Word Cloud button.
After the analysis is finished, the word cloud will appear in the resizable region in page.

Optional Settings

This section covers the various settings available for customizing the Word Cloud. Each of the options assumes you have the Symphony Word Cloud Generator loaded in your browser and you have already generated a Word Cloud.

When you change one of these settings, it is necesary to update the word cloud by clicking the Update Word Cloud button on the Size and Submit page. You can update the word cloud as often as you like, so you can update it after each change, or you can make several changes and apply them all at the same time.

Maximum Words

This setting lets you control how many words from your text to include in the word cloud.Symphony will include -- at most -- the number of words you choose, starting with the most common word and working it way down. Note that including a lot of words may force Symphony to start with a smaller font in order to fit all the words.
  1. Click the Maximum Words button.
  2. Click the radio button that corresponds to the number of words you want included.

Phrase Length

This setting lets you specify whether to display individual words or phrases up to three words in length. Depending on the text, two or three word phrases can be more meaningful than single words. At the same time, they take up a lot more room on the word cloud so you have to balance the trade-offs.
  1. Click the Phrase Length button.
  2. Click the radio button corresponding to the phrase length you want to use.

Resize Word Cloud

This setting lets you control how large the word cloud is in terms of pixels. If you don't have much text you might want to make it smaller. Or if you have a document you want to include the word cloud in, you might want to set is to a size ideal for the document. These instructions assume that you have just generated a word cloud and it is currently being displayed.
  1. If you are not already on the Size and Submit page, click its button now.
  2. Using your mouse, drag the lower-right corner of the word cloud region until it is sized as desired. As you drag, the current width and height in pixels is displayed above the region.

Blacklist Words

This setting lets you exclude specific words. Symphony automatically excludes some words such as "the" and "is". If you see additional words that you don't want included, you can add them to the blacklist. When you update the word cloud, it is generated without those words.
  1. If you are not already on the Size and Submit page, click its button now.
  2. In the word cloud, locate a word you want to blacklist.
  3. Either drag the word from the cloud and drop it on the Blacklist, or left-click the word with your mouse and choose "Add to Blacklist" from the menu. If successful, the word will disappear from the current word cloud, and will appear in the Blacklist. Some versions of browsers, especially older ones, may not support one or both of these techniques. If your is one of them, you can click on the Blacklist and manually type the word.

Word Filter

This setting lets you specify a word that you want to make the subject of the analysis. When you specify a filter word, Symphony uses only paragraphs from your text that have that word in it. Paragraphs that don't have the word are ignored.
  1. If you are not already on the Size and Submit page, click its button now.
  2. In the word cloud, locate the word you want to use as the filter word.
  3. Either drag the word from the cloud and drop it on the Filter Word field, or left-click the word with your mouse and choose "Set as Filter Word". Depending on the version of your browser, these actions may or may not word. If you have difficulty, you can simply type the word into the Filter Word field.

Word Proximity

This setting works in conjunction with the Filter Word field; it has no effect on the result unless a Filter Word is specified. the Word Proximity is an additional filtering settting. It limits the words included in the analysis to those within the Proximity setting of the Filter Word. So only words that are within the proximity of the Filter Word are included in the analysis. If the Proximity is zero, the entire text of each paragraph containing the Filter Word is used.
  1. If you are not already on the Size and Submit page, click its button now.
  2. Click the Proximity field and enter the distance away from the Filter Word you want to include.