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Which words do you own?–silverneurotic June 28, 2007

Posted by caveblogem in Haiku, linguistics, Other, statistical analysis, vocabulary.

Note: This is part of a continuing series on the actual vocabulary in use in the blogosphere.  Other posts, whether analyzing particular blogs within the study or detailing the methodology of this thing or whatever, can be found at the Center for Occasional Meme and Blog-O-Sphere Studies [COMBS].  Go there by clicking here or the Center’s logo, which should be on the right (starboard) side-bar over there —->

Anyway, the blog under the microscope today is The Post College Years-Part Two, published by silverneurotic.  Her word sample runs from April 4 to June 20, 2007.  Sample size was 32,911 words.  She added 375 words, which is about what I would expect to see at this point in the experiment.  That doesn’t seem like a lot, but there are so many words are already in the database that it’s hard to find new ones.  Silverneurotic used a wide variety of words–4,231 different words within the sample. 

Here is a word cloud comprised of the words used more than twice by silverneurotic but not at all by any of the other 25 blogs sampled thus far:


Columbine is a flower, so that’s why it came through the spell-check unscathed.  Probably she was speaking of the High School.  And here’s those words in a font called Silverdollar:


And here’s the Venn diagram I usually make out of these words:


The left lobe consists of words that were new to the sample, that nobody else had used, sized relative to the frequency of use.  The middle lobe consists of words that everybody has used so far, sized according to how much more frequently silverneurotic used them in the sample.  And the right lobe consists of only two words that everyone else sampled thus far has used, but that she did not. Of these there are none.  The list of words that everyone uses is, I think, getting down to the bare essentials, the words without which there can be no writing.

Here is another “effort” by my Haiku-generating algorithm, which crashed five times.  Don’t even care, at this point.  Stupid computer thinks it is being “Zen” when it is just being difficult.

Sisterly catcher,
wholesome columbine annoys
her bare symphony.

Despite my complaining about the process, I like the result.  The tragedy of an allergy-prone woman involved in a naked springtime softball pick-up game, or am I reading too much into it? 

As always, the vocabulary clouds and Haiku are the property of the volunteers, except that said volunteer may not have them taken off of my site but may otherwise do with them what they wish.  Thanks for participating, silverneurotic!

Next up: Searching for Normalcy, then litlove, ’cause I promised.


1. Steve - June 28, 2007

I like “her bare symphony” very much.

2. silverneurotic - June 28, 2007

Oh, thanks!

You know, I don’t even remember using half the words that came up on the cloud. Ah, they gave me a good laugh anyway.

3. Adversary is my favorite word… « The Post College Years-Part Two - June 29, 2007

[…] Adversary is my favorite word… Jump to Comments Please go check out the “Which words do you own” project that Caveblogem has been pursuing on his blog.  In the most recent installment of this ongoing project, Caveblogem put my blog under the microscope. […]

4. Dayngr - June 30, 2007

I am really enjoying these! I love to see many of the people I know out here participating. Wonderful project and so interesting.

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