Version Variation Visualization with Shakespeare's Othello
VV's TransVis or Translation Array Prototype is an online system for exploring a corpus of translations of a work. Among various interfaces and outputs, the interface "Eddy and Viv" (E&V) enables users to see which passages in a translated work generate least/most variation among the translations. Users can retrieve all translations of a selected passage, and view the translations in algorithmically derived order of deviation from average: from most to least predictable. Developed with 37 German versions of Shakespeare’s Othello (1766-2010), the system reveals how staggeringly various translations can be, and enables new approaches to understanding why and how.