Inspired by recent posts and tweets about the “latest and greatest” word cloud generator (Tagxedo), I decided to play with it myself in search of the true meaning of Operations Research…
Here’s a Tagxedo of the Sunday sessions at the INFORMS 2010 meeting in Austin:
What we learn from it is that (i) there are many “Professors” from “Universities” in the “United States of America”; (ii) a lot of “Sponsored” sessions; and (iii) many people from “edu” domains (is that more evidence that we don’t have enough practitioners at the conference (.com domains) ? ).
So if we filter out those words (using the sed command). Here’s what we get:
That looks a little better. Then I decided to create a word cloud of the *entire* program (Sunday through Wednesday). The result is this:
I’ll leave it to my readers to reach their own conclusions :-) BUT I’d love to read about your thoughts in the comments!