Posted by: Morgan Hubbard | February 25, 2011

History by the numbers

Hao and Huajie, statisticians extraordinaire, have delivered another visualization of my science fiction data. This one plots the frequency with which themes occur alongside other themes–that is, how often a story has the themes of, say, “alien encounter” and “technophobia” at the same time. The width of the connecting lines indicates the relative frequencies of theme convergence. This pretty picture is one component of this project’s broader goal: a dynamic visualization of how themes in American science fiction changed between 1945 and 1965.



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