The size of the text represents word frequency within the text. The connections between words are usually displayed as arrows where their directionality and width communicate the flow and strength of connected words.
Words can be linked with various connectors such as “and,” “the,” “at,” space, or a custom connection term.
Here are two examples of phrase nets created using Many Eyes. The text is from interview transcripts of individuals discussing their experience with homelessness. (Sisters Of The Road  Voices of Homelessness: a qualitative database from sisters of the road. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from http://www.sistersoftheroad.org/voices/).
Words separate by the keyword "and"
Words that directly follow one another
Source: Sisters of the Road (2002)
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Phrasenets are useful for exploring how words are linked in a text and like word clouds and word trees can be informative for early data analysis.
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Many Eyes Phrase Net Tool: This Tool from Many Eyes by IBM Research allows the user to input any text and then create a phrase net that displays the relationships between different words used in the text
Other ways to analyse a text
Displaying the words in a qualitative dataset, organised by frequency of use.
van Ham, F., Wattenberg, M., & Viégas, F. (2009). Mapping text with phrase nets. IEEE Transactions on Visualizations and Computer Graphics, 15(6):1169-1176.