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What is on the homepage?


1. TextMap Directory: gives links to the hottest entities in each of several categories such as person, city, company, university, drug, website and title. All that is worth knowing about these entities is but a mouse click away.

2. Search functionality: Locate the entity you are interested in by typing its name. US cities can be located by typing in their zip code. You have the option of restricting your search to a single database or all our domains.

3. Entities: Index pages for all major classes of entities. This gives another way to locate specific entities.

4. Sources: The content of each news source broken down to reflect regional and temporal contents.

5. Daily Sentiment and Heatmap Reports: Each day we record changes in the emotional state of the world and how they vary with time and place. Our sentiment analysis measures what people are thinking about given entities while our heatmaps show how interests vary across the United States.

6. Ask Us a Question: Our search windows support natural language question answering: who, what, where, when and why.

7. Person and City of the Day: Our top secret analysis methods enable us to identify the most deserving entities for special recognition.



What is on the entity pages?








1.Favorite Things:Which entities in each semantic category are most strongly associated with the given entity.

2. Relational Networks: Look and see the most important associates of the given entity and the relationships between them. Clusters are highlighted by colors, strength of association by line types. Click on the vertex to take you to the appropriate entity page.

3. Articles: We present a brief selection of recent articles referring to the entity with more articles available.

4. Entity Juxtapositions: Which entities are most strongly associated with our target, and how does that vary over three time scales. The size of the colored bars reflect the popularity of the given entity (orange) as well as the strength of association with the target (blue). Clicking on the bars brings you to recent articles linking both entities.

5.Relations: How can we explain the nature of the relationship between two entities? A larger selection is available on demand.

6.Aliases: What other names is the entity also known as.

7.Popularity Time Series: Tracks fluctuations in the reference frequency of the target entity. References are partitioned by article type (news, sports, business or entertainment) to highlight the nature of the entity.

8. Sentiment Index: How well is the entity thought of within various communities and contexts? Our sentiment index gives a percentile score of the entity's standing along several dimensions as well as whether it is increasing or decreasing.

9. Sentiment Graphs: Here we plot changes in the general sentiment regard for our target entity in terms of favorable (red) versus underfavorable (blue) and passionate versus apathetic.

10. Heatmap: shows the relative interest in an entity at every locale in the United States. We have developed a geographic model of news influence which enables us to gauge the relative amount of exposure a given entity has received as a function of location.



What is on source pages?


1. Over/Under Populated Entities: lists the top 10 over/under populated entities for each source.

2. Content Type Distribution: is a pie chart showing the distribution of news types for all documents stored in the system.

3. Daily Content Type Distribution: is a bar chart showing the distribution of news types for each day of the week.

4. Content Type Time Series: is an area graph showing the distribution of news types over the last 30 days.

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