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Sunday, August 11 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
IDEA: Keynote 2 - Exploratory Text Analysis and The Middle Distance : Prof. Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley, School of Information

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Bio Dr. Marti Hearst is a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information. She received BA, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was a Member of the Research Staff at Xerox PARC from 1994 to 1997. A primary focus of Dr. Hearst's research is user interfaces for search, and she is the author of the 2009 book Search User Interfaces. She has invented or participated in several well-known search interface projects including the Flamenco project that investigated and the promoted the use of faceted metadata for collection navigation, TileBars query term visualization, BioText search over the bioscience literature, and Scatter/Gather clustering of search results. She has also researched extensively in computational linguistics and text mining with a focus on detecting semantic relations, and text segmentation including discourse boundaries and abbreviation recognition. Her more recent research interests include user interfaces for the exploratory text analysis in the digital humanities and peer learning in MOOCS. Abstract In this talk I will describe a project whose goal is to help scholars and analysts discover patterns and formulate and test hypotheses about the contents of text collections, midway between what humanities scholars call a traditional "close read" and the new "distant read" or "culturomics" approach. To this end, we describe a text analysis and discovery tool called WordSeer that allows for highly flexible "slicing and dicing" (hence "sliding") across a text collection. We illustrate the text sliding capabilities of the tool with two real-world case studies from the humanities and social sciences the practice of literacy education, and U.S. perceptions of China and Japan over the last 30 years showing how the tool has enabled scholars with no technical background to make new discoveries in these text collections. (Joint work with Aditi Muralidharan. Sponsored by NEH HK-50011.)

Sunday August 11, 2013 2:10pm - 3:00pm CDT
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