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TED Talk data visualized as a flow of words and a sphere of connections

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This interactive graph shows the most popular words in TED Talk descriptions over time. Click on the image to explore the visualization. Created by: Santiago Ortiz This interactive graph shows the most popular words in TED Talk descriptions over time. Click on the image to explore the visualization. Created by: Santiago Ortiz

At first glance, the image above may look like an artistic tangle of worms. But it is actually a visualization of the words that appear most often in TED Talk descriptions. Each line corresponds to a word, and its snaking movement shows how its frequency of use has changed over time. Mouse over the word “work” and you can see that the line plateaus in 2007 and 2008, then stairsteps down from there. Meanwhile, the line for the word “brain” serpents its way to an all-time high this year.

This is one of the latest works from Santiago Ortiz, an information visualizer who lives in a small town in Argentina. On the website Moebio.com, he posts what he calls “experimental experiences with data” that…

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