[Air-L] DiscoverText’s Cloud Explorer – More Than Just a Tag Cloud

Stuart Shulman stuart.shulman at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 04:35:12 PDT 2011

DiscoverText’s Cloud Explorer – More Than Just a Tag Cloud
Posted on June 14, 2011 by Mark J. Hoy

Continuing from last night’s blog post regarding Texifter’s latest work
regarding the new navigation design and functionality in DiscoverText,
tonight I’d like to introduce you to DiscoverText’s Cloud Explorer.

Most traditional tag clouds such as Wordle and TagCrowd only give you a
static view of the terms in your text, however, the new and improved
DiscoverText Cloud Explorer allows you not only to visualize the most
frequent terms in your archives, but also allows you to customize the terms,
term colors, and drill down into your archive by searching directly in
DiscoverText on the terms.

To create a tag cloud in DiscoverText, first go to your archive details
either by right clicking on the archive in the navigation tree, or, clicking
on the “Archive” link in the title when an archive is selected:

Then, in the “Archive Options” on the right side, choose “Generate Tag

The tag cloud generation will start and run asynchronously in the

After the tag cloud has completed its creation, you will receive a
notification. To view your tag cloud, go back to your archive’s detail page
and choose “View Tag Cloud”. Initially, your tag cloud may look a bit plain:

In the upper-right in the Cloud Explorer, you will find a set of controls
for changing the number of words in your tag cloud, increasing or decreasing
the font size, or increasing or decreasing the variation of the font sizes.
In the future, we may add various options for different layouts as well.

Clicking on any term in the cloud will bring up a context menu.

For any word in the tag cloud, you can drill down further and run a dynamic
search by choosing “search term” for the highlighted word.

If you are the archive owner, and wish to permanently remove words from the
tag cloud, choose “remove from tag cloud permanently”. With this, you can
remove very common words such as “the”, “and”, “http”, etc.

If you choose “remove from tag cloud for this session”, then the term will
be removed from this particular tag cloud while you are logged into
DiscoverText. If you log out and log back in, it will reappear. This is good
for performing tag cloud-based triage when trying to analyze your archives
to choose keywords without performing any destructive edits.

Finally, again if you are the owner of an archive, you will also see the
option to set a term’s color. If you click on the small color swatch to the
right, a small color selection popup will be shown (as it is shown in the
screenshot above). You can choose a color to assign to the term and click
“set term color” to permanently set the word’s color. This is useful for
highlighting key terms while performing your analysis.

I hope this gives you a bit of an introduction to one of the many new and
exciting functions of DiscoverText we’ve been working on. You should also
note that DiscoverText’s Cloud Explorer is only available for those users
either still within the 30 day trial period, or those with professional or
enterprise licenses.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us.
DiscoverText is free for the first 30 days with no credit card required.
Data for many social media dissertations, articles, and blog posts can be
quickly and easily gathered, filtered, de-duplicated, clustered, analyzed
and exported in a variety of formats (ex., .csv or XML) or expressed through
the system reporting tools.



Stuart Shulman
President & CEO
Texifter, LLC <http://www.texifter.com/>

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