I generated word clouds from a text file in Mathematica. I was able to remove words with 5 or less characters from the cloud.

 fdp2 = StringReplace[fdp, 
 WordBoundary ~~ Repeated[WordCharacter, 5] ~~ WordBoundary -> ""]

But there are still useless words in the cloud. How can I remove a specific word like "become" from a word cloud?

  • $\begingroup$ could you please provide code for fdp? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 9:55
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    $\begingroup$ From a word cloud or from the string source? There is StringDelete now but you can proceed with your current method too, what exactly is the problem? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 10:24

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If you building a word cloud there are a few tricks. First of all use DeleteStopwords. Compare:

cat = Import["https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat"];

{WordCloud[cat], WordCloud[DeleteStopwords[cat]]}

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Yes, the right one much better, but now we see the next problem "cat" vs "cats". I usually use reduce to baseform:

base[w_] := With[
   {tmp = WordData[w, "BaseForm", "List"]},
   If[(Head[tmp] === Missing) || tmp === {}, w, tmp[[1]]]];
SetAttributes[base, Listable];

I would also consider removing numbers (not a must though) and black-listing. For example Wikipedia pages often noisy with:

blackLIST = {"doi", "ed", "isbn", "pmid"};

I would also use ScalingFunctions -> (#^s &) where $0<s<5$ is a correction that emphasizes or deemphasizes word frequency-size visual (5 is a good number, could be more though). Here we go:

  DigitCharacter ..]]],
  Alternatives @@ blackLIST],
 ScalingFunctions -> (#^.3 &)]

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