King James Vs COBE


In short: The King James Bible, and how it looks using the same color-scale as the historic COBE map of the Cosmic Microwave Background that showed the afterglow from the Big Bang. Blue=negative, Red=positive.

Description: The full text of the King James Bible with a separation between the Old and New Testaments. The color is a form of visual sentiment analysis where red is how “positive” the word looks, and blue “negative”.  Each word has a score, for example the word “cherry” is visually similar to the positive word “cheer” and also the negative word “cheat” though the sentiment of “cherry” is entirely separate from either. As each word is added with a wide spread, it has a diffuse impact of the sentiment of the text. As well as showing up the use of recognized negative/positive words, the style of writing and the naturally available vocabulary can also be seen. The changes in subject matter and authorship can also be picked out.

The adapted use of the COBE map of the Cosmic Microwave Background color table shows how conflicted some words can be in meaning and appearance. The age of our Universe is distinctly disagreed upon by these two sources.

Point of interest: Not being a theologian, the biggest surprises from constructing this image were the relative lengths of the Old and New Testaments and the areas of positive visual sentiment in the Old Testament, in contrast to how it was expected to be overwhelmingly positive towards the end of the New Testament.

Technical: The full text of the King James bible (taken from displayed top to bottom with a break inserted between old and new testaments. The color is a form of sentiment analysis, in that the word being compared has a score of visual similarity with known positive or negative words (taken from and references therein). Blue = negative; Red = positive. Each word is added with a wide point-spread to show sentiments for particular regions of the text. The color table was adapted from the original cosmic microwave background measured by the COBE mission ( launched 1989). Each pixel represents a letter with the spread being 30 pixels, fading linearly away from the central point. Image is then scaled down.

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