Tools for Text

March 10, 2014 - 12:00am to 1:15pm
Tools for Text
Dr. Stuart W. Shulman
Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman
Founder & CEO of Texifter
Research Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tools for reviewing, coding, and retrieving text found in qualitative data analysis packages carry with them no particular attributes for ensuring the reliability or accuracy of the recorded observations. Based on 13 years of multidisciplinary experience, this presentation guides researchers through key aspects of measuring coder validity and reliability as part of building custom machine classifiers. The presentation demonstrates how text mining and related analytic tools focus attention on unexpected or difficult to code concepts, which in many cases will constitute the most interesting terrain for deeper investigation.  
Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is founder & CEO of Texifter, and a Research Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Stu knows the importance of easy to use, powerful, text analytic software. As founder of a technology start up, his work advances text mining and natural language processing research. The "Tools for Text" training sessions link these worlds via straightforward and easy to understand explanations of a commercial software framework (DiscoverText) that can be tailored for all experience levels, disciplines and industries.