Here is a selection of frequently asked questions about this app.
1. For which platforms is WoordWolk available?
WoordWolk is available for iOS, only for iPad.
2. Is there an Android version of the App?
No, there is no Android version yet.
3. Is there an smartphone (e.g. iPhone) version of the App?
No, there is no smartphone version yet.
4. How can I see WoordWolk in the App Store?
You can only find WoordWolk in the App Store of the devices for which it is available. So, currently you can only find WoordWolk if you search in the App Store on an iPad. However, you can always find WoordWolk if you search within the app section of iTunes or if you use the following hyperlink http://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/woordwolk/id924364496.
5. Will there be a version for Android tablets, or smartphones, soon?
Because we think user experience is very important, we first want to further improve the iOS version, before we move on to other platforms and devices. However, read more about possible future developments to get updated.
6. How do I know whether a specific word occurs in WoordWolk?
Currently not all words of the Dutch language are present in the database. The Dutch language contains over 50.000 words, while in WoordWolk there are only a few thousands of the most frequent words available. Behind the cloud “Wordlist” you can see exactly what these words are and there you can also look up your specific word.
7. I am looking for a specific word but I cannot find it. This word occurs in the word-list of WoordWolk. How is this possible?
WoordWolk uses a clever algorithm to help users in finding words. Sometimes this algorithm is not yet clever enough. On Radboud University fundamental research is being conducted on ways to improve the underlying technique of WoordWolk. By using WoordWolk you contribute to this research: we collect data about the way you are searching and analyse these data to find out how we can help you better in this search process.
What is the meaning of the series of points at the bottom of the main screen?
The series of points at the bottom of the screen reflect which pages there are within this main menu. You can see a series of clouds from left to right. If you just opened WoordWolk you see the cloud 'Search with explanation'. On the right you see a small part of the second cloud. If you swipe your finger from right to left, the next cloud 'Free search' becomes visible. You also see that the second point in the series now has turned black. In this way you can swipe multiple times until you reach the last cloud 'Word list'.
Is there a fixed trajectory to the words, or is this random?
The word you have to find in the 'Search with explanation' screen is random, in the 'Free search' screen you can pick the word yourself.
The words that you see next in the word clouds are not random. The small words are associated with the big word in the middle. If the big word has more than 7 associations, the 'best' 7 associations will be shown. You can view the other associations by swiping from right to left. Which associations you see (first) is dependent on all previous choices, i.e.: the path you have followed in the current search. In this way WoordWolk is trying to lead you to the right word, on the basis of all choices you made sofar.
An example: suppose you are following this path: where > forest > mountain, then you will see the word “mountain” among the words “donkey”, “snow”, “landscape”, “peace”, “meadow”, “antlers” and “quantity”. However, you can reach each word via numerous paths and if you reach the word via a different path, (possibly) other associations will be shown first. For example, if you follow this path: where > land > mountains > mountain, then you will see the word "mountain" among the words “package”, “river”, “journey”, “rope”, “grass”, “tree” and “to hear”. It's thus possible to follow different paths to the same word, and the words that you encounter are not random.
The associations within a trajectory are always the same. If you start a new search and follow the same path again (where > forest > mountain), you will see the word "mountain" among exact the same words as the previous time.