Ad hoc text analytics

Twitter 2009

I found an old sentiment analysis application. It has very unglamorous packaging but a  good algorithm under the hood. I ran the Twitter user id’s of the brightest people I know. well, know of, who are active Twitter users. The assessment of “bright” was subjective by me.  All are acknowledged experts or advanced degree holders. Maybe half speak English as a second language, but are sufficiently articulate that their “essence”, well, intelligence shines through.

Guess what: It worked! I don’t know if anyone cares about this sort of thing, that really sharp successful people score well on this sentiment analysis indicator. That doesn’t necessarily mean it would have any predictive value. And no one seems to care much about this anyway. But what I’m saying is that most of these people only have okay-ish Klout scores e.g. 40’s. But they’re not trying to use Twitter for any particular social media purpose. Well, I don’t know that with certainty.

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm  Comments (6)  
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Text analytics application du jour

The Visual Thesaurus is worth a glance for amateur etymologists as well as writers. Linked node data visualization transforms the elderly thesaurus into a much more useful reference tool. Usage is fee-based but nominal.

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Thesauruses (thesaurii?) identify context-appropriate and idiomatically correct synonyms.  Apparently this isn’t so easy to for a search engine, Google included.  A recent article from went into a lot of detail about Google’s word search algorithms, and made the amusing disclosure that distinguishing between  a “hot dog” and a “boiled puppy” is still an issue.

Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wordle Finally Arrives…

I’ve found that works by T.S. Eliot are particularly suitable for wordl-ing.  This one is an excerpt from the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.  In order to view in full splendor, clicking on the image is unfortunate but necessary. as Wordle is covered by some rather specific licensing agreements. 

Wordle: Let us go then, you and I

Let us go then, you and I...

Published in: on March 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm  Comments (1)  
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