[Air-L] Beta Testers Invited - The Public Comment Analysis Toolkit (PCAT)

Stuart Shulman stuart.shulman at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 06:27:25 PDT 2009

We are releasing a free, Web-based toolkit for analyzing public comments. I
invite anyone interested in public comment research or text analysis more
broadly to become a beta tester for the Public Comment Analysis Toolkit
(PCAT), which is actually version 2.0 of the Coding Analysis Toolkit:


We launch officially tomorrow, but the test site is up and operational:


Starting Friday, you can drop the "-test" from the url. Among the reasons to
try PCAT:

# This is a free service.
# The system is fast, secure and scalable.
# It is based on carefully researched principles of efficiency, accuracy,
validity, usability, and transparency.
# It is equally useful to public and private actors and accessible to all.
# It is very easy to learn and you can't break it.

like CAT, PCAT should be useful to anyone interested in advancing the
science of annotation and replication in text analysis research.


Dr. Stuart W. Shulman
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

stu at polsci.umass.edu

Editor, Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Director, QDAP-UMass

Associate Director, National Center for Digital Government

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