I honestly did not know where to begin with text mining. I had never done this before this class. I was so grateful that my professor provided, “Where to start with text mining.” by Ted Underwood as some prep reading. I learned that larger works do better with text mining due to the quantitative analysis. Ted Underwood goes on to say, “Quantitative analysis starts to make things easier only when we start working on a scale where it’s impossible for a human reader to hold everything in memory.” So for my skills assessment I chose to work with one of my favorite books, The Catcher in the Rye.

In the picture below I used the voyant tool to create a text mining creation for “The Catcher in the Rye. This tool is great, it shows you the text you use, the frequency of the words, the unique word forms, etc.

For this skills assessment I did limit the tablet of contexts, the publishing information, and things like that. I kept it to the title, the chapters and its content. Based on Mr. Underwood’s statements though, we needed to have plenty of content so that the analysis could pick up frequent and relevant words.

I loved that they voyant tool allowed you to create an embedded link for the text mining picture in itself. This is awesome for when you are creating a website and wanting to use it for blog posts or just digital content. I have already used text mining in a previous post before!

The voyant took also allows you allows you to easily adjust the amount of terms you use in your text mining picture, by just sliding over a toggle button. This was by far my favorite feature of the tool.  The voyant tool also allows you to see the context between characters and its relevance, with “The Catcher in the Rye”there was a lot.

I think Voyant is a wonderful tool to use. This tool has made me take a different approach to reading. I will be looking for word frequency and words and sentences that may stand out. It has its ups and downs. It makes for some very creative features for web designs, but I don’t know about research.

It can definitely help someone get through a large text in a matter of minutes. But I do feel like you are creating your own form of sparknotes. As, my previous professors have said, as much as sparknotes are quick and convenient they don’t always supply you with the information you need to complete your assignment. 

Even though I have read “The Catcher in the Rye” before, based on the voyant tool I wouldn’t have learned the necessary information from it to complete a paper or blog post on it. 

*Pictured below is my text mining creation*

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