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Reorganize Your Blogs: Supporting Blog Re-visitation with Natural Language Processing and Visualization

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610, USA
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Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Computational Foundry, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(4), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3040066
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 18 September 2019 / Accepted: 19 September 2019 / Published: 7 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Text Mining in Complex Domains)
Temporally-connected personal blogs contain voluminous textual content, presenting challenges in re-visiting and reflecting on experiences. Other data repositories have benefited from natural language processing (NLP) and interactive visualizations (VIS) to support exploration, but little is known about how these techniques could be used with blogs to present experiences and support multimodal interaction with blogs, particularly for authors. This paper presents the effect of reorganization—reorganizing the large blog set with NLP and presenting abstract topics with VIS—to support novel re-visitation experiences to blogs. The BlogCloud tool, a blog re-visitation tool that reorganizes blog paragraphs around user-searched keywords, implements reorganization and similarity-based content grouping. Through a public use session with bloggers who wrote about extended hikes, we observed the effect of NLP-based reorganization in delivering novel re-visitation experiences. Findings suggest that the re-presented topics provide new reflection materials and re-visitation paths, enabling interaction with symbolic items in memory. View Full-Text
Keywords: blog; natural language processing; visualization; re-visitation blog; natural language processing; visualization; re-visitation
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Niu, S.; McCrickard, D.S.; Stelter, T.L.; Dix, A.; Taylor, G.D. Reorganize Your Blogs: Supporting Blog Re-visitation with Natural Language Processing and Visualization. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 66.

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