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Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant with Alta Plana and organizes the Sentiment Analysis Symposium. Follow him on Twitter at @sethgrimes
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posted in October 2008

SAS Offers 101 on Voice Mining

10/29/2008
Manya Mayes of SAS has written a helpful introductory paper on audio analytics, "Tune into the Voice of Your Customer with Voice Mining." The technology and techniques described have applications for e-discovery, intelligence, and rich-media search. Given coverage of distinctive characteristics of speech and of analytical concerns that include BI integration, Manya's paper merits a look for anyone who works with audio data.

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Heatmap Visualizations: the NY Times and NASDAQ

10/22/2008
The New York Times has published another excellent visualization, this one a heatmap, Can a President Tame the Business Cycle? The on-line, interactive version adds highly useful capabilities that obviously can't be delivered in a static, printed newspaper. Let's explore, via comparison with a financial-information visualization published by the NASDAQ stock market, how underwhelming a mediocre heatmap can be.

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Lexalytics' ExecDex, or the PR Folks Know Best

10/10/2008
A press release from Lexalytics touts ExecDex, a Web site that features a "business-leader ranking index." Now Lexalytics makes an interesting sentiment-analysis engine, but I thought ExecDex should have been more fully developed before release to the likes of me. It seems Lexalytics CEO Jeff Catlin agreed, but the two of us couldn't have been more wrong. I think we both received a lesson in looking at tech applications through others' eyes.

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The Semantic Web: Perhaps Not So "On the Cusp"

10/8/2008
The Semantic Web was conceptualized almost a decade ago, but despite progress on protocols and publishing tools, it remains far from realization. Yes, semantics are important in boosting information findability and usefulness, but these SW examples — I cited another in a year-ago blog article — only emphasize the gap between SW boosterism and Web reality.

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Nominate Now for the 2008 Jolt Awards

10/1/2008
Do you work for a company or project that makes software tools? Check out the 19th annual Jolt Awards for software-development product excellence. We're on the look-out for "Joltworthy" products that provide an SDK, components, languages or APIs, and/or back-end capabilities for developers. There are 13 categories total. They accommodate a spectrum of software and software-related products.

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