Finally there is a tool to create something beautiful from all the email spam we receive every day or just to have fun with documents. Jeff Clark at Neoformix is providing an online application that generates artificial flowers from text. The application uses the open source toolkit from Processing.org and displays colors based on topics identified in the text. More text will generate more layers of petals. Rounder petal shapes are suggestive of emotionally positive terms (love, yes, peace) , and more elongated ones indicate negative terms.
The application will always generate the same flower for the same text and differentiates the following topics:
- Art (red)
- Recreation (orange)
- Society (yellow)
- Technology (light blue)
- Science (dark blue)
- Economy (purple)
The above Topic Flower was created with the following text from James Fallows article “The Fifty-First State?” that was published in the Atlantic Monthly November 2002:
The Fifty-first State?
Going to war with Iraq would mean shouldering all the responsibilities of an occupying power the moment victory was achieved. These would include running the economy, keeping domestic peace, and protecting Iraq’s borders?and doing it all for years, or perhaps decades. Are we ready for this long-term relationship? (by James Fallows)
Some more images from the Processing.org site.
These images were taken from the interactive applets within their example section. Source code is available for the Topic Flowers applet and the other examples.
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