Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Four Letter Words

This interesting project displays algorithmically generated lists using four units - each capable of displaying the letters of the alphabet with an arrangement of fluorescent lights.

Four Letter Words from Rob Seward on Vimeo.

Four Letter Words displays an algorithmically generated word sequence, derived from a word association database developed by the University of South Florida between 1976 and 1998. The algorithms take into account word meaning, rhyme, letter sequencing, and association. The algorithm's tendency towards scatological or "dark" subject matter is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies, especially Elliot McGinnies' 1949 study "Emotionality and Perceptual Defense."

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