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Algorithmic Documentation

adj. Of, relating to, or being an algorithm.
Algorithm (ălˈgə-rĭþˌəm)
n. A step-by-step problem-solving procedure, especially an established, recursive computational procedure for solving a problem in a finite number of steps.
documentation (dŏkˌyə-mĕn-tāˈshən)
n. The act or an instance of the supplying of documents or supporting references or records.
n. The documents or references so supplied.
n. The collation, synopsizing, and coding of printed material for future reference.
Algorithmic documentation
A step-by-step problem-solving procedure collating, synopsizing, and coding material for future reference.


"Algorithmic Documentation" was a term that triggered my imagination. Will it be possible to create (more) 'objective' documentation using computers? What could this look like? What can one document at all?

This first semester I do my first (quick) attempt at an algorithm for documenting a project. I use RAKE (Rapid Automatic Keyword Extraction) in python to extract strings from different versions of a text. Using this method I try to see which (important) sentences have changed, been added etc. Next, I tried to visualise these changes using HTML, CSS, SVG and Javascript.

For this demo I applied the script on the scenario of Waterdagen. My graduation project of the Utrecht School of the Arts.

This should not be seen as a final product, rather as a first experiment in anticipation of the documentation projects of the third semester.

usage: [-h] --name NAME [--add ADD] [--date DATE] [--parse]
                  [--build] [--lang LANG]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --name NAME, -n NAME  Name of the project
  --add ADD, -a ADD     filename to import
  --date DATE, -d DATE  force a date (required for ie. word file)
  --parse               Parse the database
  --build               Build the html
  --lang LANG, -l LANG  Language when parsing

Documentation Graduation Henk-Jelle

File:Documentation Zero=0dB v2.pdf