Welcome to TextMap

TextMap is a search engine for entities: the important (and not so important)people, places, and things in the news. Our news analysis system automatically identifies and monitors these entities, and identifies meaningful relationships between them.

TextMap analyzes both the temporal and geographical distribution of news entities. We literally monitor the state-of-the-world through our analysis of roughly 1000 domestic and international news sources every day.

TextMap uses natural language processing techniques to track entity references in news sources, and a variety of statistical techniques to analyze the relationships between them. Check us out!

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5 Ways Sentiment Analysis is Ramping Up in 2009

5 Ways Sentiment Analysis is Ramping Up in 2009.

The New York Times has an article today about sentiment analysis, a trend which has been accelerating on the back of the Real-time Web– and Twitter in particular. Sentiment analysis is no short-term hot trend. It will eventually become a key feature of search engines, which will integrate the aggregate sentiment of the crowd into search results.

The NY Times article looked at 3 sentiment analysis tools: Scout Labs, The Financial Times’ Newssift, and Jodange. It also mentioned 3 Twitter apps: TweetfeelTwendz and Twitrratr. In our post we take a look at five other examples of how sentiment analysis is starting to ramp up on the Web. We invite you to add more examples in the comments.

Reuters announces news sentiment analysis to give trading machines market insight – Thomson Reuters

Reuters announces news sentiment analysis to give trading machines market insight – Thomson Reuters.

Reuters system will “read” news articles and score how positive or negative they are. The system will enable customers to analyse news across thousands of companies, far more quickly than can be done by humans. This will enable trading machines to react to market moving news in milliseconds.

Sentiment Analysis Takes the Pulse of the Internet – NYTimes.com

Sentiment Analysis Takes the Pulse of the Internet – NYTimes.com.

Computers may be good at crunching numbers, but can they crunch feelings?

The rise of blogs and social networks has fueled a bull market in personal opinion: reviews, ratings, recommendations and other forms of online expression. For computer scientists, this fast-growing mountain of data is opening a tantalizing window onto the collective consciousness of Internet users.