With the first debate between the two candidates behind us and the culmination of the US presidential election drawing near, who wouldn’t love to predict the winner? I don't have a crystal ball, but I do have the power of unstructured text analytics at my fingertips. With the help of […]
April 1st is known as April Fools’ Day. We could have chosen to celebrate a number of events that happened on this date. In the U.S. alone, it could have been the creation of the “$” symbol (1778), the marketing of the first dishwashing machine (1889), the first U.S. national […]
Did you know that Tuesday, Nov. 24, was #ThankfulTuesday? This themed day was just two days before Thanksgiving and joined the ranks of newly invented opportunities such as #WorldPastaDay and #NationalMotherInLawDay to collectively post on social media about a single topic. Appropriate to the season of giving thanks, many people […]
As a linguist, I am fascinated with words, their meanings and use. So when I recently saw the words “learning analytics” in a conference paper title, I started thinking about the prevalence of the word “analytics” itself. In the last decade, we have preceded “analytics” with many modifiers referring to […]
~ This article is co-authored by Biljana Belamaric Wilsey and Teresa Jade, both of whom are linguists in SAS' Text Analytics R&D. When I learned to program in Python, I was reminded that you have to tell the computer everything explicitly; it does not understand the human world of nuance […]
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