General:Voyeur Links





Links finds collocates for words and displays links between them using a force directed graph. It shows term frequencies in proximity to keyword. It is a visualization and shows a web of terms. Once you arrive to Links, insert / upload your content and let the tool perform its analysis. You will be presented with a web type visualization. You may hover over words to find data pertaining to that word within your corpus. You may also double-click on any word to find a more detailed analysis. Clicking and dragging allows you to organize your corpus. If there are multiple documents within the corpus, they will be coloured differently.


  • A URL, some text, or a document, if available. Alternatively, you can use one of the corpora included with Voyeur.

Preloaded Corpora

Basic Steps

  1. Go to to load a document. Alternatively, use a preloaded corpus by clicking on one of the links above, and then skip ahead to step 4.
  2. Provide a URL of a document you would like to visualize, or paste in some text. You can also upload your own document or open one of the included corpora by clicking the appropriate buttons.
  3. Click "Reveal."
  4. When the visualization appears, you will see a list of the included documents within the corpus. They are each associated with a certain colour, and this colour is shown as term links within the visualization. A term’s colour is determined by which document it appears in most frequently. You may add a word to the visualization by typing it into the ‘Add word’ box and hitting return.
  5. If you hover over a term, Voyeur will tell you its linkage within the corpus documents. You may also drag and drop terms to organize them as you please.
  6. If you would like to manipulate the visualization, right-click on any of the terms and choose ‘Stick/unstick’ or ‘Remove’. ‘Stick/unstick’ puts the term in place, and is not moved when other terms are moved. ‘Remove’ simply removes the term from the visualization.
  7. Click on the "gear" button at the top of the box and choose the Taporware stop word list from the dropdown menu, and then click "OK." Note how common words disappear from the results.

Suggested Activities

  • Add words of interest to the visualization.
  • Organize items in a meaningful way by dragging them around.


There is a screencast explaining how to load texts here:


It is important to remember that this is a beta release, which means that there will be bugs. Don’t trust everything you see without stopping to consider that it might be a mistake of some kind. As Stéfan says, “expect the unexpected.”


A document describing Links is available here:

Who has worked on creating it

Voyeur is the product of Stéfan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell.

Where to read about it

No papers have been published at this point, although the journal Literary and Linguistic Computing has published many articles that show the kind of work that is possible with a tool like Voyeur. Here is one example:

Fink, Peter. “The Evolution of Order in the Chapter Lengths of Trollope's Novels.” Literary & Linguistic Computing (21:3) Sep 2006, 275-282.

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