Reprinted from an AC/ER email exchange:
Attached is an attempt at a visualization of the text I'm working on in [REDACTED]. So here's the attempt:
The relative size of the circle is how many pages the character is on. The overlap indicates the number of pages hared and with who. So let's say Edward is on 80 pages. And Beto is on 30 pages. And most of Beto's pages are shared with Edward, except for that couple of scenes he has with Spencer. And character J only has a few pages, and all of them are with Edward.
So I think you get what I'm trying to do. The first question is, does it have the potential to open anything up?
And then, there are problems with the visualization:
If you look at it as it stands, it looks like Edward is on a whole bunch of pages alone. But he's not, in fact, he's never alone. In
point of fact, there are no solo scenes in this particular show, so everything should overlap everything else. Clearly, this was
originally a riff on a Venn diagram, but as I've tried it, the Venn idea maybe isn't so great - there aren't a lot of points that would
ONLY be in a "character set.
So I'm also thinking of a different way to visualize it. It'd be like a pie chart with overlapping slices or something. Nothing on the many-eyes site is quite right. I'm also just trying to figure out how to represent the idea on a chart so that someone smarter than me could write a piece of code that visualized it.
Thought you might get a kick out of it.