Digital Humanities

What is Text Mining?

  • In a broad sense, text mining involves collecting information (or data) and placing it in a text mining software that can analyze and identify key concepts, and establish relationships and patterns that would otherwise not be easily accomplished by a human being.

Elsevier. (2015, October 8). What is Data Mining? [Video file]. Retrieved from

Voyant Tools

Voyant Tools is an online platform with a multitude of text reading and analysis tools, including:

  • Cirrus: "a word cloud that visualizes the top frequency words of a corpus or document".
  • Document terms: "a table of the documents in a corpus and includes functionality for modifying the corpus".
  • ScatterPlot: "a graph visualization of how words cluster in a corpus document similarity, correspondence analysis or principal component analysis".

See Voyant Tools Help page for the list of tools.

Lynch, T. M. (2014, June 13). Voyant tools tutorial [Video file]. Retrieved from

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