Head in a Word Cloud.

Perhaps you have run into "word clouds," a visual device that represents how frequently different words appear in a text.  As a historian I love it, as I can do fun things like compare Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance speech with McCain's from the Republican National Convention.

That's useful stuff.  I can show word clouds like those to my students, and ask them what the clouds do (and do not) reveal.

But who cares about utility.  Let's use some word clouds to navel-gaze, and check out our favorite baseball-related websites.

 

Using the free java application at www.wordle.net I entered the link for The Cub Reporter's RSS feed, and got this:

What does this tell us about ourselves?  Eh, on the one hand, perhaps not much more than a bit of fun navel gazing.  It does look like it's spring training, though.  The most prominent names I see are Micah Hoffpauir, Darwin Barney, Joey Gathright and Marshall.  And it looks like we're a permissive group, we like the word "allowing."  I have no idea why.

 

However, comparing our cloud with that from Carrie Muskat's feed shows some interesting differences

"Cubs" is even more prominent for Muskat than it is for us.  Perhaps not surprising, as selling the team is part of her job description.  But look at that Giant Blue Sutcliffe!  Muskat's readership likely is A. more interested in name-brand Cubs (and ex-Cubs) and B. more interested in human interest stories.  Those differences show up elsewhere in the word cloud:  check out how much more prominent Milton Bradley and his quadriceps are.  LouPa features prominently, as do other marque names like Aramis and Harden.  Forgive me for noticing, and remarking on, the prominence of "Carrie."

If you're really in to self-mutilation, there's Phil Rogers' RSS feed.

 

It doesn't look like Rogers actually talks much about baseball.  Appropriate.

I should credit Rogers, though, as there isn't a larger Tribune Cubs News feed.  Paul Sullivan also doesn't seem to have any sort of news feed.  So instead, I cut and pasted the text of four of his "mailbag" columns into wordle, and got this.  (Wordle will randomly pair different fonts and color schemes and word layout, if you don't specify any.  This layout struck me as quite pretty, so I left it as is.)

I dare you to guess, from this word cloud, what the title is of Paul Sullivan's column.

Both the Sun-Times and the Daily Herald offer Cubs RSS feeds. Here's the Sun-Times' feed.

 

 

Compare that to the Daily Herald's feed.

 

The Sun Times appears to care far more about Milton Bradley.  The Herald, the Cubs.

 

How does TCR compare to Bleed Cubbie Blue?  Here's their word cloud.

 

 

I'm not interested in any BCB/TCR rivalry:  It's a big enough fan-base to support both of us.  But there are interesting differences.  BCB's word cloud includes a lot more, well, internet-y words like "post" and "comment" and "link". TCR's wordle word cloud more closely resembles "traditional" news media with a higher preponderance of player names and baseball-event sort of words. 

Like many of you, I read Fan Graphs religiously. Here's the word cloud on their feed.

 

Look much like a sabrmetric site?

 

 

Comments

Yes, I know that my clouds broke the normal margins and formatting and all that stuff.

 

No, I don't know how to fix it.  Rob will spank me, later; it's part of the little games we play.

 

 

Interesting post Trans. I've never seen a word cloud before. Cool stuff.

Trans, you glorious word cloud-gazing bastard...

Love it. I, too, played the Obama/McCain game during the campaign, though I used op-ed pieces they wrote on consecutive days for the Wall Street Journal, right before the election. It was illuminating, as are all of these. (The historian in you might also enjoy running the Gettyburg Address or the Declaration of Independence through this sort of analysis.)

What I take from the Phil Rogers cloud--he can't believe he is lucky enough to have a job that takes him to Arizona.

Ha, yeah, I also gathered that about Mr. Rogers.

 

I haven't started collecting them yet, as I just in the last week realized how much teaching potential this has, but yes, I'm going to be doing this for the Gettysburg Address, the Declaration, Inaugural speeches, etc. etc....

 

If I really wanted to be a naughty blogger, I'd do it for, say, the last year's worth of posts written by You....  and then by Phil... and Rob and The Good Doctor.....

 

And thanks, Nate, glad to introduce something new to TCR.

Sun Times reports Cubs signed Corey Koskie to a minor league contract.

Ok...

http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Makes an odd amount of sense.  We don't have any real plausible backup to Ramirez, Koskie hits left-handed, fitting with Hendry's fetish.  If he's healthy, he could be useful.  If not, nothing lost.

odd deal, he's playing in the WBC, won't have much time to show what he can do...

guess Cubs will keep an eye out at him during the tournament and Canada should lose quickly.

fixed it, images should be no bigger than 600 to 650 pixels in width, there's a dimension attribute when you add an image.

Think Al wrote a post about commenting guidelines recently, hence the odd word cloud. Not sure it's the norm for that site....

Thank you!  ~wincing at my embarassed neediness~

 

I should have added that disclaimer about ALL the word clouds:  they reflect only recent RSS feeds:  they're a snapshot in time, nothing permanent.  Al had a very large post on commenting guidelines, yes.

This means that both of you read Al's site. I'd suggest an automatic ban as punishment, but I think AZ Phil's probably too nice of a guy to do it.

didn't actually read the post, just saw the headline in my RSS reader...which is par for the rest of the Cubs blogosphere for me...

I really don't have a dog in that "rivalry" - it was the first time I checked out BCB in over a year, but that's just due to lack of time and ambition on my part.

  I would have done word clouds for TLFC and League of Her Own as I check those out more frequently (but sadly, not often enough), but that would have then opened me up to a lot more of "hey, why not MY site?"   So I just left it at the highest-volume Cubs blog out there, and called it good. 

 I am now ready for my exile, and hate-mail from all offended Cubs bloggers. :)

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php...

Johan still hurting, Opening Day in question...

The left-hander said doctors have told him an irritated triceps tendon is causing the discomfort in his throwing elbow.

Kerry had that problem in 2007.

I love that "Chad" appears in our RSS feed word cloud. And Mr. Fox is probably only a small part of this.

Is there one that highlights, "Fuck the Economy, I'm going to Spring Training"?

http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Corey Koskie signs a minor league contract with the Cubs. I guess he'll compete with Luis Rivas for that backup 3B/2B job that may or may not exist on the 25-man roster. Koskie would be a more interesting backup in case A-Ram goes down, at least.

But Trans, those word clouds are just a graphic way of presenting word counts which have been available forever. For example, and I apologize for the exceedingly long post, here is the word and special character count for the entire TCR home page. You'll note that "CUBS" obviously and "RHP" currently are very important at TCR

Word Frequency %

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Holy crap, navigator, I think you just made Trans' point for him.

Yeah, the visual format of the Word Cloud is more practical in many situations, if less quantitative.

if only there was a visual way to represent that info that would take up less space...

if only there was a visual way to represent that info that would take up less space...
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use a smaller font?

or a word cloud.

...tricks are for kids

Nats Bowden resigns under a cloud of suspicion:

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  • Btw Star Wars Day, May the Fourth

    Score
    C-3 P-0

    /found on twitter

  • Rizzo almost killed McCutchen with a line drive to center.

    /blazin

  • Don't agree with you, but an interesting discussion. I find this thinking limiting and not in-tune with the latest brain and physiology research. The fact is we use only a tiny fraction of our capacity, and if one can increase motor function along with brain capacity you achieve greater flexibility and value of the (player) asset. For the club's and player's benefit.

  • Oh, no. "Now the benchmark is quickly shifting to whether they [the Cubs] can become one of the best teams in baseball history."

    via http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-cubs-start...

  • Lester should try that for pickoff throws.

  • Daniel Murphy

  • any other unemployed on parrot chat?

  • Please be Noah Syndergaard and Andrew McCutchen...

    Joking. I really like Andrew McCutchen. ...

  • Wow -- no Soler today, despite begin short of OF. As Baez's star rises, Jorge's has dimmed considerably.

  • http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/15458724/more-ped-busts-coming-ma...

    "OTL: More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball"

    Don't be a Cub, don't be a Cub, don't be a Cub!!!

  • Sorry typing too fast.

  • I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.

  • Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.