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Using the Word Cloud

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Caroline Juszczak on Aug 29, 2016

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The nDepth word cloud summarizes your event activity by displaying the top 100 keyword phrases that appear in your event messages.

Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/060/010/080/Icon-WordCloud_18x16.png in the toolbar to open the widget.


Phrases appear in a size and color that relates to their frequency. Phrases that appear in warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) and in larger print represent the phases that occur most frequently. These are your hot items.

Phrases that appear in cool colors (green and blue) and in smaller print occur with the least frequency. These are your cool items. Cool items may still be important. They just occur less frequently than hot items.

View Statistics in the word cloud

A word cloud includes statistics about each item listed in the cloud. To view your cloud statistics, point to a phrase in the word cloud. A tooltip displays, showing the keyword phrase, its count (the number of times it occurs in the reported period), and its percentage. The percentage is based on the relative frequency of the phrase compared to other reported phrases.

Filter the word cloud contents

Two horizontal bars display at the bottom of the word cloud. The top bar is a color gradient that goes from red (hot) to blue (cool). These colors correspond with the colors of the phrases displayed in the Word Cloud.

The lower bar controls which parts of the gradient the word cloud are allowed to display. You can use this bar to filter the world cloud so it only displays that section of the gradient you want to see. By default, the word cloud displays everything associated with the entire gradient all items that are hot, cool, and in between.

By default, the word cloud displays the top 100 phrases, and the sliders are automatically adjusted to this width. If you manually adjust the sliders, nDepth remembers the left position and automatically adjusts the right position so the word cloud displays up to 100 phrases between the left and right positions. If all 100 phrases can be shown within the positions you've selected, the sliders will stay in place.

Slider settings are stored with each word cloud. As a result, you can create word clouds in the dashboard that are adjusted differently from the primary word cloud view.

To hide hot items, drag the lower bar's left-hand slider to the right. To hide cool items, drag the lower bar's right-hand slider to the left. To restore the Word Cloud, drag the sliders back to their far-left and far-right positions.

Exploring Items in the word cloud

You can use the word cloud to explore a particular phase, by using as the basis for a new search, or to append an existing search. To explore an item in the word cloud, click the phrase you want to explore. When the phrase appears in the search bar, click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/060/010/080/Icon-Search_17x14.png to show the results associated with your search.

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09:55, 29 Aug 2016