Author Archives: Stuart Shulman

About Stuart Shulman

Stuart Shulman is a political science professor, software inventor, entrepreneur, and garlic growing enthusiast who coaches U13 boys club soccer and in the Olympic Development Program with a national D-license. He is Founder & CEO of Texifter, LLC, Director of QDAP-UMass, and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Stu is the proud owner of a Bernese/Shepherd named "Colbert" who is much better known as 'Bert. You can follow his exploits @stuartwshulman.

Five Pillars of Text Analytics

Document relevance is a key challenge for social media research. The specific problem of “word sense disambiguation” is widespread. If I am interested in “banks” where money is stored, I want to exclude mentions of river banks. If I am … Continue reading

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Big Data TechCon

@BigDataTechCon! Join us at the @texifter booth for #free Ghirardelli chocolates, salty nuts, #textanalytics, and t-shirts. — Stu Shulman (@StuartWShulman) April 1, 2014   Tweet This Post

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Tools for Text – Lecture at Northeastern University Monday March 10, 2014

Tools for Text Dr. Stuart W. Shulman Founder & CEO of Texifter Research Associate Professor of Political Science University of Massachusetts Amherst 12pm – 1:15pm, Monday, March 10 Center for Complex Network Research 5th floor Dana Building, Northeastern University (take elevator … Continue reading

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Texifter News: Migration to Azure and the Big Boulder Initiative

A brief follow up on Texifter. We successfully migrated “DiscoverText” ( to Microsoft’s Azure. It was very smooth, though we are going through a period of diminished search and filtering capabilities while the data re-indexes. Otherwise, the other capabilities appear … Continue reading

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Collecting Facebook & Twitter Data

This is an updated 4-minute tutorial on how to collect public Facebook data via the Open Graph API using DiscoverText. This is an even shorter 75-second tutorial on how to collect Twitter data via the public API. Tweet This Post

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New Product Testing –

Update 2.12.2014 The beta has been renamed Sifter and moved to Exciting new beta launch of featuring free historical twitter estimates @gnip — DiscoverText (@discovertext) January 14, 2014   Tweet This Post

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Digital Methods Initiative Winter 2014 Slides

It was a great joy to return to the University of Amsterdam and give this talk to my old friend Richard Rogers and his 100+ attentive workshop attendees. Tweet This Post

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Free Gnip-enabled Historical Twitter Estimates

Use search and powerful @Gnip Power Track operators to find the exact slice of Twitter history that you need. Tweet This Post

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Win Historical Twitter Datasets

Just about six hours left to win valuable historical twitter datasets and powerful text analytics software. This is by far our best Facebook raffle yet. To enter: Login to Facebook Visit this URL: Tweet about the raffle, follow DiscoverText on Twitter, … Continue reading

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DiscoverText Sweepstakes

SIOP 2013 DiscoverText Sweepstakes  Win One Free Year of DiscoverText Enterprise Individual Access I would like to invite you to enter the SIOP 2013 DiscoverText Sweepstakes. All you need to do is sign up online for a free, 30-day, no obligation trial: It … Continue reading

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Joining Vision Critical: Reflections of an Inventor

As of today, DiscoverText is part of a larger company: Vision Critical, a market research technology provider that works with more than a third of the world’s top 100 brands. The thrill of joining a successful and growing firm headquartered … Continue reading

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Gnip Power Track Expansion

It’s official. Starting in January 2013, DiscoverText customers will be able to purchase monthly access to four vibrant Gnip-enabled Power Track data feeds. Building on current successes with Twitter, we are pleased to offer unprecedented federated Power Track access to … Continue reading

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Smoking Hot Data

We interviewed researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago in the Health Media Collaboratory about their use of DiscoverText and the Gnip-enabled Power Track for Twitter to study smoking behavior. The team, led by Dr. Sherry Emery, explains why it … Continue reading

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Tutorial Videos

Thanks to our friends at, we now have our entire tutorial video library indexed in a spiffy new media roll. Learn how to use DiscoverText to archive, filter, search, code, and machine classify text from social media, surveys, emails … Continue reading

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