Working with word clouds in Coda

Using the Word Cloud chart type to visualize the text data in your table

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What is a word cloud in Coda?

Word clouds in Coda are a chart type option to help visualize data in a table. The frequency of each word determines its size and prominence in the visualization.

Word clouds are a great way for writers to understand if they're "overusing" certain words and for teams to find key themes in their sentiment tracking or feedback analysis workflows. Webmasters and search advertisers might also use this feature to identify keywords for SEO and paid campaigns.

Coda gives you control over which data sets (columns) contribute text for analysis and visualization, and also allows you to exclude a set of common English language words (a, an, the, to, etc) and/or indicate your own set of words to exclude.


How do I add a word cloud to my doc?

Word Clouds in Coda are derived from text in tables. For more about tables in Coda, click here.  

Word Clouds can analyze one or more columns of data. If you want to analyze several paragraphs of text, consider copying them and pasting them into a new table

If your text is ready in a table, follow these steps to generate your word cloud:

  1. Click the Orange ‘Plus’ icon at the top of your doc, and select Chart

  2. Select ‘Word Cloud’ as your chart type

  3. Choose the table of data you wish to visualize as a word cloud

To further customize your word cloud, use the chart icon to open up the display options:

  1. Select the column(s) of data you wish to visualize in the 'Words' drop down

  2. If you wish to visualize multiple columns, click the '+' icon below this drop down menu

  3. By default 'Excluded Common Words' is toggled on, and will remove common English Language words from the visualization set. You can choose to toggle this setting off to include common words.

  4. If you wish to exclude additional words from your visualization set, enter them in the 'Additional Excluded Words' field. Words should be comma-separated.


What languages do you support?

At this time, Word Clouds in Coda only support words expressed in the Roman, Latin or Cyrillic characters. Traditional Chinese characters, for example, are not supported at this time.

Are you showing all of my selected words in Word Clouds? Is there a cap?

Word Clouds will render using, at most, the Top 100 words from your selected text.

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