Wednesday, February 23, 2005


News 10x10

A picture is worth a thousand word so the idea behind 10x10 is cool. It polls Reuters World News, BBC World Edition and New York Times International News and present a grid with 10 by 10 images showing the top words in the news at the moment:

Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

I particularly like the weighted linguistic analysis as it comes up with some creative matches like this image shows:

Michel Jackson linked to the bird flu pandemic… Somehow I am not surprised.

The site maintains an archive so you can either navigate to the hour you are interested in, or follow the rules described in the developers section to get the words and images for any given moment.

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