Monday, November 21, 2011

Reaction: Ch. 11: Information Visualization for Text Analysis

This chapter is about applying visualization techniques to text geared more towards text analysis. The paper goes through the basic reasons people would want to perform a text analysis on a document and discusses some of the currently available software for performing specific types of analytical tasks. There wasn't a lot of context given and at some points it seemed like the chapter was just listing different functionalities of various software programs.

The chapter only briefly touches on the reasons why people would want to perform a certain analysis of text. I would have liked to know more about each of the reasons mentioned (text mining, concordances/word frequencies, etc) for why people would analyze text and maybe where the programs they talked about fell short. Overall, it was a good general introduction to visualization of text.