Analyze this — Module 3 Phase 1

For this week, I decided to be a part of the Text Analysis module. Never heard of text analysis? Don’t worry, until yesterday neither had I . Text analysis is the process of taking pieces of text and analyzing them to draw conclusions. When we perform textual analysis on a piece of text, we often use our biases or surrounding clues to make educated guesses at some of the most likely interpretations of what we are reading. Ultimately, I was drawn to this module from my own love of reading. But upon initial research, I’m starting to understand more about the possibilities of text analysis and why it is so important. Every time you read, whether or not you realize it, you are analyzing the text in front of you. You are constantly asking questions in your head and searching for the meaning and possible conclusions for the words appearing in front of you. Online softwares also help us do this process of text analysis.┬áThe ability to run software-driven analyses helps slice text and documents into manageable pieces of content that we can gather more conclusions from. The moment a piece of text is ‘sliced’ into manageable pieces, the possibilities to analyze the texts opens up and allows us to draw the most accurate interpretations. This week, I am excited to explore various online tools and data sets, such as volant and Juxta Commons, that are used to perform text analysis, and use them to analyze some of my own favorite books. I am curious to see the different conclusions that can be made from the text, and how they compare with my own interpretations. I think it will be an eye opening experience for me to see how exactly conclusions are drawn from readings and will help me learn tools to use in the future that I can apply when I am required to critically analyze text in a classroom or in life.

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