A remarkably authoritative, deep dive into a field that will be brand-new to many and eye-opening for all.

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Deep Text

USING TEXT ANALYTICS TO CONQUER INFORMATION OVERLOAD, GET REAL VALUE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA, AND ADD BIG(GER) TEXT TO BIG DATA

A treasure trove of technical detail, likely to become a definitive source on text analytics.

This debut book by Reamy, the founder of the KAPS Group consultancy, is a highly targeted, in-depth study of an emerging area of technology—the process of analyzing large volumes of text via a variety of technical means in order to gain deeper understanding and insight into its content. In Part 1, the author defines the specific components of text analytics and describes its basics. He also eloquently discusses its value, asserting that it can save money and enhance productivity by, for example, increasing the accuracy of employee searches for specific documents so that they don’t need to be re-created. Reamy then lays out a comprehensive plan for how to implement text analytics that includes establishing a team, evaluating and implementing software, and developing specific applications. Part 2 then covers all aspects of “getting started” while providing a brief history of the technology, and Part 3 explores the development of text analytics in enterprises and social media, supplemented by case studies that demonstrate best practices. Part 4 describes search-based applications, which he calls “InfoApps,” and Part 5 looks into using text analytics as an enterprise platform. The author’s excellent concluding chapter offers a tidy summary of the entire book as well as an essay on the future with forays into cognitive computing, which “largely consists of machine learning and neural networks,” and “deep text semantic infrastructure,” which essentially tracks and comprehends content throughout an entire enterprise. The real lasting value of text analytics, writes Reamy, will be as “a means of incorporating the whole dimension of semantics and meaning in new, richer, deeper ways that accomplish the ultimate goal—making people smarter.” The book’s copious notes, appendices, and bibliography enrich the text with its lists of text-analytics companies and software and other valuable resources. One of the main strengths of this book, though, is that even when its content is highly technical, it’s so well-organized and tightly written that it’s quite enjoyable to read.

A remarkably authoritative, deep dive into a field that will be brand-new to many and eye-opening for all.

Pub Date: July 26, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-57387-529-5

Page Count: 424

Publisher: Information Today Inc

Review Posted Online: Nov. 10, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2017

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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