At Coda, we’re obsessed with data, and we use a number of visualizations to help us understand things like how our community uses new features and how new customers find us. More often than not, we’re viewing charts based on numerical values, but what happens when the data isn’t a raw set of integers, but text-based feedback from our users?
Starting today, you can use Word Clouds as a Chart Type to visualize your data tables, and to understand the frequency of words within your selected data set:
Word clouds are great 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. While testing this feature, one of our own product teams was able to dig into key feedback themes from user research on a totally different product improvement we’re testing (stay tuned!)
You can find this option under + > Chart > Word Cloud.
When configuring your word cloud, you have control over which data sets (columns) contribute text for analysis and visualization. If you want, you can also exclude a set of common English Language words and/or indicate your own set of words for exclusion.
We look forward to hearing about how you use this feature, so please feel free to share your feedback in the comments below!