Mapping the SOPA bill

With all of the talk about the recent SOPA (H.R. 3261) Bill , I decided I better use some of my skills to try to take a look at what may or may not be lurking inside this little guy. To start with, here is a quick little word map that has gone through very little pre-processing.

This image is a word map that shows all of the words inside the SOPA bill sized by their preeminence.

Word maps are a good way to get a 30,000 ft. view of what a particular text is saying. In word maps, the size of the word indicates the preeminence (or importance) of the word.

This is really interesting, but now I want to take a closer look. I just discovered a really neat technique where I overlay a semantic map of concepts on top of an existing hierarchical structure. This technique is perfect for looking at something such as a bill! Below you will be able to navigate through various subsections of the bill. At each level, I have chosen to show the five most important concepts from the semantic network. In contrast with the word map, this technique requires a lot of processing! Now, this graph is not quite perfect, but it gives you a really good idea of what is occurring within SOPA.

Woa this worked better than even I thought it would! Did you find something cool while exploring this graph? What do you think? Share your thoughts!

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