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Bureau of Labor Statistics > Office of Survey Methods and Research > Publications > Browse Research Papers

Developing Tools for Analysis of Text Data

Randall K. Powers, Brandon Kopp, and Wendy L. Martinez

Abstract

Many surveys at the Bureau of Labor Statistics have unstructured or semi-structured text fields. Most of these sources of text are not analyzed because users usually do not know what types of analyses can be done, and they lack easy-to-use and inexpensive tools to exploit the text data. This paper will describe an application that was developed to analyze survey text data.