Text Analytics PollTM Shows Australians, Brits, and Canadians  Angry About Executive Order Temporarily Barring Refugee (Part II of II) In my previous post, we compared text analysis of results from an open-ended survey instrument with a conventional Likert-scale rating poll to assess where 3,000 Americans really stand on President Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily barring refugees […]

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Text Analysis of What People Say in Their Own Words Reveals More Than Multiple-Choice Surveys It’s been just over a week since President Trump issued his controversial immigration order, and the ban continues to dominate the news and social media. But while the fate of Executive Order 13769—“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into […]

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Why Machine Learning is Meaningless

Tom H. C. Anderson
January 31st, 2017

Beware These Buzzwords! The Truth About “Machine Learning” and “Artificial Intelligence” Machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning… Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard these terms before. Indeed, they seem to have become a must for market researchers. Unfortunately, so many precise terms have never meant so little! For computer scientists […]

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In an Age When ‘Story Telling’ is king, Is Yours Based on Substance? As researchers, we love a good quote. We use them to emphasize a point in the findings. They allow us to tell stories and dimensionalize our implications. But sometimes quotes taken from research can take on a life of their own. Without […]

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Insight Association’s Inaugural CEO Summit: Future Tied to Collaboration and Technology Writing this at the Miami Airport as I’ve just finished up a great 3 day meeting of the minds at the new Insights Association’s first official event, the Marketing Research CEO Summit. Though this event was formerly part of the Marketing Research Association (MRA), […]

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How Text Analytics Rescued Me from a #ShowHole!  My wife and I recently found ourselves in the uncomfortable condition commonly known as a “show hole.” Are you familiar with this? A show hole refers to the state of loss and aimlessness one experiences after completing—often via binge-watching—the last episode in a beloved TV series without […]

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How Text Analytics Can Help Marketers Move at the Speed of Slang It came as no surprise to me that one of our more popular blog posts of 2016 was a list of the 10 most fashionable slang terms as identified by OdinText. After all, keeping up with youth-speak or slang is a constant challenge […]

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New Insights Association Born

Tom H. C. Anderson
January 9th, 2017

Optimistic about a more progressive, transparent and innovative organization with data accessibility for all Congratulations to CASRO and MRA which have now successfully merged to found the new Insights Association. I think it was rather confusing for our industry to have so many associations, and I’m curiously optimistic about where this new Insights Association might […]

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How Messy Multi Departmental Procurement and Lengthy Implementation Stall Text Analytics Insights The inspiration for this week’s clip in our “Get the Job Done!” series is the big-ticket procurement and implementation process—and all of those folks whose opinions you don’t need. Take a look:   We hear all the time from prospective clients who’ve found […]

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Will it Unstructure? Part I of a New Series of Text Analytics Tests Happy New Year! As I was preparing to celebrate the New Year with my family and pondering the year ahead, my mind wandered to all of those Top New Year’s Resolutions lists that you see the last week in December every year. […]

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Top Ten Text Analytics Tips of The Year

Tom H. C. Anderson
December 29th, 2016

The Top 10 Most Popular Text Analytics Tips Posts of 2016 We at OdinText thank you so much for your readership and comments on our blog this year. Below is a list of our top 10 most popular posts of the year. #1 Text Analysis of The Old Testament, New Testament and Quran   Note […]

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How to Get Bogged Down with Clarabridge in 2017   I don’t know if he’s actually a lumberjack, but the man in the video is definitely not a ballerina. It’s obvious to most that slapping a tutu on someone big and ungainly does not make him a dancer. Yet I see other text analytics software […]

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The Movie “Arrival,” Text Analytics and Machine Translation When I speak with prospective OdinText users who’ve been exposed to other text analytics software providers, I find they tend to mention and ask about things like POS tagging, taxonomies, ontologies, etc. These terms come from linguistics, the discipline upon which many of the text analytics software […]

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And why your research may be just as inaccurate… (An OdinText Text Analytics PollTM ) [Missed ARF’s Post-Election Podcast? Watch the Free Video – Special Event Video Explores Election Poll Fail and Implications for Market Research] I know many of you weren’t able to get into the ARF’s post-election podcast this week due to limited space, but now […]

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What We’re Thankful For (An OdinText Text Analytics PollTM ) I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was curious what people are most thankful for this year and so I asked 1500 Americans. Here, in order of most frequently mentioned, are the subjects OdinText identified: I’ve written a lot about Quant vs. Qual research on […]

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ARF Podcast Explores Why No One Predicted the Trump Win and Implications for Consumer Insights (A Text Analytics PollTM ) Most of us are still scratching our heads as to how no one in this business predicted the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Race. On Tuesday November 29 from 8:30-11a.m. EST, the ARF and GreenBook are running […]

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Shedding Light on Dark Data: How to Get Started

Tom H. C. Anderson
November 16th, 2016

Move over Big Data. There’s a new buzzword: dark data. It’s actually not so new—Gartner coined the term a couple years back—but dark data is finally starting to catch on in market research circles and it represents a huge untapped opportunity for insights! Gartner defined dark data as “the information assets organizations collect, process, and […]

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Don’t Miss the EVOLVE Virtual Roundtable on Monday at Noon! The ability to understand decision-making and to predict actual behavior today is advancing rapidly, and much of it is coming out of qualitative research. On this Monday, Nov. 14 at 12:00 EST, I’ll be participating in a virtual roundtable discussion as part of The Evolve […]

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Nonconscious Consumers, Six Tips & Two Events!

Tom H. C. Anderson
November 11th, 2016
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6 Tips From – Insights Innovation Exchange (IIEX) Chicago 2016   Next week in Chicago I’ll be participating in two events: the IIEX Forums and IIEX IMD (Insights Marketing Day). I’ll cover IMD at the end of this post, but I wanted to first discuss the IIEX Forums. The IIEX Forums Nov 14-15th are dedicated […]

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What Can Researchers Learn From Yet Another Major Polling Fail (Text Analytics PollingTM ) Whatever your politics, I think you’ll agree that Tuesday’s election results were stunning. What is now being called an historic upset victory for Donald Trump apparently came as a complete shock to both of the campaigns, the media and, not least, the […]

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