Enabling Exploration Through Text Analytics

As promised, here are my slides from the recently held Text Analytics Summit. Feel free to download them from SlideShare–some of the animation may not come through in this version (though I try to use such animation sparingly).

I enjoyed the conference, and was pleasantly surprised by the overall intellectual level of participants, who included a number of end-users of text analytics, as well as senior technologists from the leading text analytics vendors. Yes, there were sales and marketing people there too, and the occasional vendor fluff piece, but someone’s got to pay the bills. I believe that all of the presentations will be posted online in the next few weeks.

And, speaking of vendors, I hope to see some of you next week at Endeca Discover. I’ll be delivering an 80s-themed presentation entitles “money for nothing and your tags for free”.

Also, while I have your attention, I urge everyone to spread the word about SIGIR. If you are in industry and have little patience for academic conference, I still encourage you to consider the one-day SIGIR Industry Track. For $300 (compare that to any other industry conference!), you get a chance to hear and meet a star-studded line-up, including:

I hope to see many of you there, and I also appreciate if you can spread the word, since SIGIR doesn’t traditionally market to industry professionals.

By Daniel Tunkelang

High-Class Consultant.

7 replies on “Enabling Exploration Through Text Analytics”

Interesting to see this pop up here – entity detection, term extraction, and of course categorization are all things heavy on our minds @Kosmix. When you dive into the world of information exploration (or OMG, is it called browsing?) rather than information retrieval/transactional interactions, it simply makes sense to enable exploration from anywhere one might happen to be…


Well, that’s what happens when they let someone like me present at a text analytics conference! Indeed, you guys are among the few people trying to apply this exploratory approach to web search.


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