Word Association Visualization


I just finished this little web app. It uses the same word-association dataset I’ve been obsessed with for the past year. Enter words, and it will produce an image showing the connections between your input and other connected words.

Here is some sample input from actual users:

“this, is, a, list, of, words”

“2 live crew, peanut”

“guitar, girls”


  1. Posted March 30, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    have you tried anything with wordnet? it seems similar to the word association database you are using, and has quite a few terms.
    keep up the good work, I like your projects.

  2. Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Yes, I’ve looked at wordnet, but I like the feel of the USF database better. Wordnet is derived from textual analysis while the USF study is from people free associating. This is especially apparent with edgier words. For example, if you type “whore” into wordnet you get archaic associations like “sporting woman” and “lady of leisure.” In the USF database you get more contemporary responses like “cheerleader” and “slut.”

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