Visualization of the Week: Sentence Drawing

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This week’s top visualization is actually a new algorithmic technique for showing the aesthetic and organic beauty of language based on a very innovative use of R and the popular ggplot2 package. There is an excellent write-up of this technique called “Sentence Drawing” over on the TRinker’s R Blog: Sentence Drawing: Function vs. ArtPart I and Part II. R code is provided that produces a very cool rendering for the text of Romeo and Juliet (see below). The blog’s author, Tyler Rinker, is a literacy PhD student with a bent for the quantitative and a passion for R. Sentence_drawing Here is a video of the Sentence Drawing code in action:

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