Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Reaction: Information visualization for text analysis (Chapter 11)

     The goal of this chapter is to describe ideas that have been presented to understand large text collections. It seems to cover three main aspects, Text Mining, occurance of words, and word relationships. In all cases it doesn't seem to do a very good job.
     Mostly it seems that this is a list of tools, not of visualization ideas for any of the three categories it claims to cover. It poorly presents the tools with most a one or two sentence description without much depth. The few times it does go into more detail about a tool it does not evalute it to much degree.
     I am not one hundered percent sure what this article as aimed at, as it does not seem to attempt to accomplish its goals, nor does it seem to be anything more than a starting point for someone looking into tools for representing large text collections and at this it will probably become quickly outdatated.