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Biostatistics/Psychometrics consulting, bohemian scientist.

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comment How much math does a GIS Analyst need to know?
(+1) It helps to have such an overview somewhere, especially for the naive user.
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comment Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries
(+1) Thanks, your last paragraph sounds good to me.
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comment Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries
(+1) Thanks for pointing out typographic maps. It reminds me that I came across cool stuff some months ago. I'll give it a try but I was wondering whether the available Python code contributed by @aeby on SO would not be helpful too, providing I add contraints on country boundaries. I'm not familiar enough with QGis but I will try to learn it.
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comment Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries
@Mark I guess you mean using a "mask". I was thinking of that at some point, but if you look at the examples given on wordle.net you will soon see that depending on the No. words and their relative frequencies you will get tag clouds of varying shape. As a consequence, it is likely that cropping will have a disastrous effect on the final output. Another option would be to apply some kind of warping (this is the way I think I would go actually) as done with functional neuroimaging data.
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comment Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries
(+1) Looks good, though it would be best not to rely on Silverlight.
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comment Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries
@underdark Yes, exactly. The main idea of wordle is trying to find a good-looking spatial layout with words sized by their relative frequencies. Then, I just want to constraint the choice of possible (x,y) coordinates on the "borders".
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comment Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries
@underdark Thanks for pointing out that thread. However, it seems to me more related to geotagging, whereas I am looking for a solution where we don't have to associate known spatial coordinates (e.g., town or counties) to each word. In other words, let the layout of words into a country be free of constraints other than its actual frontiers. If others feel it is really a duplicate, I can remove it without any prob.
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