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WordSeer: Exploring Language Use in Slave Narratives

More and more source text in the humanities gets digitized every day, making it accessible to large scale computational analysis. Nevertheless, traditional methods of humanistic analysis are based on detailed arguments built upon on close readings of individual texts. How

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Posted in Digital Collections, Digital Humanities, Information Seeking, Natural Language Processing, Visualization

MetaOptimize: Q+A for the large data set community

Joseph Turian & co. at MetaOptimize have started a Q+A forum for “data geeks” – people in machine learning or data mining who deal with questions about visualizing, processing, or otherwise making sense of big data sets

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Posted in Community, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Visualization

Just because it’s obvious, doesn’t mean it’s useless

A phrase net with the pattern "X and Y" applied to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Automated tools that pick up on so-called obvious information are easy to dismiss. We say – oh, it can’t tell us anything more than we already know. What we forget is that sometimes we’re looking for exactly this sort of information: stuff that is obvious… but that we don’t know yet.

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Posted in Information Seeking, Text Mining, Visualization

Tools for Exploring Text: Visualization

Two-word cloud of speech by President Obama in 2007

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Posted in Digital Collections, Digital Humanities, Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Visualization