Work in Progress - Word Frequencies in Furry Writing

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A very quick post here with a work in progress. Below is a word cloud of the text of around 2000 stories I scraped from SoFurry a while back. As is typical with these things, I’ve stripped out the 500 most common English words, but beyond that it’s basically just a word frequency summary (i.e., larger font size indicates the word appears more often) of the most common 100 ‘non-common’ words.

I should stress I haven’t really done anything sophisticated here, and this should be thought of as just a bit of fun rather than ‘statistics’ in any real sense. In particular, the data source is just the story content (via SoFurry’s API) which I ran through an HTML converter I whipped up in R. This means that I haven’t filtered out things like author preambles, so there’s probably a bit of interference there. The dataset comes in at about 13 million words, with over 23,000 ‘cocks’, 13,000 ‘dragons’, and nearly 14,000 ‘insides’.

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Word cloud courtesy of this rather funky Python generator!

I have a few ideas for where to go with these data - right now I’m working on comparing the relative frequency of words in furry writing to English in general, which is throwing up some quite entertaining results; watch this space for that. I’m also interested in doing some more ‘statsy’ comparisons of SFW and NSFW content. SoFurry’s API is currently being renovated, so I can’t do too much more for the time being, but figured I’d put this out while it’s fresh in my mind!

Written on January 12, 2017