StreamGraph for Makers

By: Jeff Clark    Date: Sat, 15 May 2010

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of reading Makers, a novel by Cory Doctorow. It's an interesting story, well told, and filled with stimulating ideas related to technology, creative culture, and intellectual property.

Cory makes his work available for free download so I was able to create a Document StreamGraph based on the text of the book. The document is split up into 24 equal sized segments and the word counts are done within each segment. These segments are used in place of time along the horizontal axis of the StreamGraph. I chose to show capitolized words and the resulting image does a reasonable job of illustrating the ebb and flow of the various characters within the narrative.

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