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Developing Tools for Analysis of Text Data

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


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.