Cathy Blake leads Corporate Roundtable discussion

February 16, 2011



Cathy Blake will present on the topic of "Text Mining in a Complex World" at the Corporate Roundtable.

Date: March 4th

Time: 11:00 - 1:30

Location: University of Illinois Research Park, Enterprise Works Building, 60 Hazelwood Dr. (corner of Oak Street and Hazelwood), Suite 130. There is ample free parking.

Description: Information has never been easier to collect as it is today. However, Dr. Blake cautions, much of the information at our fingertips is expressed as free-text and thus not easily amenable to intelligence search or data mining. Text mining techniques such as self-organizing maps and clustering can provide a 40,000-foot view of information, but the subsequent visual representations fail to provide users with context. Dr. Blake’s presentation will provide an alternative view of text mining where intermediate representations of text enable users to identify redundancies and contradictions. Examples will be drawn from scientific literature in medicine and toxicology.

Catherine Blake is associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with joint appointments in the Department of Computer Science and Medical Information Science, and a fellow in the Environmental Change Institute. She teaches introduction to databases, data mining, evidence-based discovery, and text mining. Her primary research goal is to accelerate scientific discovery by synthesizing evidence from text. Before joining GSLIS, Dr. Blake was an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate student in the School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate and undergraduate student in the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

More information about this session may be found here.


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