DiscoverText is rolling-out an addition to its analytical toolkit: random sampling. The Web-service already offers an array of tools for text analytics and rigorous, team-based qualitative data analysis. These functions include the ability to code and annotate text, measure inter-rater reliability, adjudicate coder validity, attach memos to text, cluster duplicate and near-duplicate documents, share documents, and to classify text using an active-learning Naive-Bayesian classifier. While still in beta, random sampling is a key new addition. After DiscoverText users amass extraordinary amounts of social media data (for example via the Public Twitter API, the GNIP Powertrack, or the Facebook Social Graph), they can now more easily extract a random sample for analysis. The size of the sample is decided by the user in order to accommodate to iteration, experimentation and other scientific methods. The option is streamlined into the dataset creation process. On the new dataset creation page, you see a sample size prompt. This additional method for data prep and analysis augments current information retrieval techniques, such as search with advanced filtering. It also builds up our framework for expanding available NLP methods from straightforward Bayesian classification, which aims to analyze substantial quantities of data in their original bulk-form, to a menu of computationally intensive methods that can iterate more quickly and effectively against random data samples. For example, the LDA topic model tool we are releasing will be faster and more effective against smaller random samples. This new feature accommodates both an additional analytical approach as well as the opportunity to easily compare results between competing (or complimentary) analytic methods. We look forward to experimenting with this new tool and hearing about how random sampling will enhance the research of our users and users to come. Special Note to DT Users: We need to turn this feature on one account at a time while we are testing it. Drop us a line if you want to try the tool. We’ll keep you posted on the launch as more dataset modifications are pushed live. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email us anytime at email@example.com. Your feedback is crucial. Sign up and try it out for yourself at discovertext.com.
We have been delighted with the response to our call for beta testers to try the GNIP-enabled PowerTrack for Twitter. You can still sign up. Round 1 of the beta test concludes on October 31, 2011. Even just testing the system’s data filtering and collecting capabilitiesfor 1 or 2 days, or as few as 1-2 hours, may convert you to a devoted GNIP via DiscoverText user. As part of taking beta tester applications, we asked folks to tell us something about how they planned to use the beta test opportunity. Thanks to ” Wordle” we can visualize an answer to the question: “Why do people want to take part in the GNIP beta test via DiscoverText?”
DiscoverText is preparing to launch a short and exclusive beta test period using “PowerTrack for Twitter Firehose Filtering” a service provided by GNIP. Compared to the “rate limited” service offered by DiscoverText through the public Twitter API, the “Full Firehose” is 50-100 times the volume with powerful Klout, language and keyword filters. If you would like to participate in this trial, please leave us your contact information and tell us a little bit about your work. We will not be able to offer this trial service to everyone, so please make the case for the value you or your organization will add as beta testers.