Ubiquitous Text Analysis

Geoffrey Rockwell, Stéfan G. Sinclair, Stan Ruecker, Peter Organisciak


How can digital content be connected to text analysis tools? The TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal for Research) provided a workbench model, but usability studies suggest that a workbench was not how humanists thought of doing their research - humanists start with the text and apply tools as lenses for analyzing the text. This led us to experiment with ubiquitous tools that can be embedded in the user’s environment or in the text, be it an online journal or blog. In this paper, we survey a number of experiments leading up to TAToo (Text Analysis for you Too) and Voyeur Tools  both of which allow humanists to bring computational linguistic analysis and visualization, among other things, into their habitual research environments, and to thereby render those environments dynamic, with living, breathing data.

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visualization; data analysis; datamining; digital humanities; exploratory data analysis; data visualization

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