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Romain Vuillemot

Assistant Professor
École Centrale de Lyon
LIRIS Laboratory

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What's being said near 'Martha'? Exploring name entities in literary text collections

Romain Vuillemot, Tanya Clement, Catherine Plaisant, Amit Kumar

Conference: Vast 2009
Proceedings: Proceedings of IEEE VAST 2009
Paper: /publis/vast09-martha-posvis.pdf

A common task in literary analysis is to study characters in a novel or collection. Automatic entity extraction, text analysis and effective user interfaces facilitate character analysis. Using our interface, called POSvis, the scholar uses word clouds and selforganizing graphs to review vocabulary, to filter by part of speech, and to explore the network of characters located near characters under review. Further, visualizations show word usages within an analysis window (i.e. a book chapter), which can be compared with a reference window (i.e. the whole book). We describe the interface and report on an early case study with a humanities scholar.

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