TopoText: Interactive digital mapping of literary text

Randa El Khatib, Julia El Zini, David Wrisley, Mohamad Jaber, Shady Elbassuoni

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Abstract

We demonstrate TopoText, an interactive tool for digital mapping of literary text. TopoText takes as input a literary piece of text such as a novel or a biography article and automatically extracts all place names in the text. The identified places are then geoparsed and displayed on an interactive map. TopoText calculates the number of times a place was mentioned in the text, which is then reflected on the map allowing the end-user to grasp the importance of the different places within the text. It also displays the most frequent words mentioned within a specified proximity of a place name in context or across the entire text. This can also be faceted according to part of speech tags. Finally, TopoText keeps the human in the loop by allowing the end-user to disambiguate places and to provide specific place annotations. All extracted information such as geolocations, place frequencies, as well as all user-provided annotations can be automatically exported as a CSV file that can be imported later by the same user or other users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCOLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016
Subtitle of host publicationSystem Demonstrations
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics, ACL Anthology
Pages189-193
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9784879747037
StatePublished - 2016
Event26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, COLING 2016 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Dec 11 2016Dec 16 2016

Publication series

NameCOLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: System Demonstrations

Other

Other26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, COLING 2016
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period12/11/1612/16/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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    El Khatib, R., El Zini, J., Wrisley, D., Jaber, M., & Elbassuoni, S. (2016). TopoText: Interactive digital mapping of literary text. In COLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: System Demonstrations (pp. 189-193). (COLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: System Demonstrations). Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL Anthology.