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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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 16 hours 49 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 16 hours 54 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 16 hours 59 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 17 hours 11 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 17 hours 22 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 17 hours 47 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 18 hours 27 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 40 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 19 hours 57 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 20 hours 1 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 20 hours 45 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 4 hours ago view