Voyant Workshop

  • Explorations and discovery of patterns vs. pursuit of specific questions
    • Note this tool allows for both a close analysis of elements in a single text AND the building of a larger corpus of related texts for comparison. What are the implications of the latter approach?
    • The Intro to DH site offers a useful reminder that what we're doing here is a kind of statistical analysis; there are other kinds of tools that move beyond word frequency (looking at grammatical structures, for example); the advantage to Voyant is making these results "visible" even while in process. This also points to some limits in what can be done with "unstructured data" (an important term).

Voyant Mini-Project Examples

  1. Sherwood Model
  2. Ben's Fitzgerald Feminism Visualization
  3. Michaela's Writing Pedagogy Visualization
  4. Kirstie's Austen Visualization


  1. Choose (clean) texts
  2. Explore
  3. Develop purpose / question / interest in certain patterns
  4. Form / recalibrate your searches / visualizations
  5. Begin to capture (save) particular visualizations / tools
  6. Compose a blog post discussing interest/topic and insight provided through visualizations.

Other (beta) Voyant Tools

Resources: Tutorials and fuller documentation.

Advanced Voyant workshop; running your own Voyant Server. Backup to Voyant-server zip download.