Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lingua Compara



I wanted to build a kind of microscope (maybe mass spectrometer would be a better analogy) for natural language, something that would give me a window into patterns of word use that are invisible to a gentle reading.

I was inspired by this guy, James Pennebaker at the University of Texas at Austin who stumbled on a bunch of - normally invisible - patterns in the way people use language.

In the coming weeks I'll build up a few other tools to deal with the data - graphs and raw numerical metrics - that I hope will start to give a better window into what people are saying between the lines.

I'm calling my tool Lingua Compara.

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