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Sentiment Analysis and the Enron Email Data Set

  • Nov 19, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Sentiment Analysis and the Enron Email Data Set
John Harris and Brian Levey


Analytical initiatives are no longer limited to structured or semi-structured data. The next iteration of web technologies and applications remains fairly undefined, but will likely involve a high volume of unstructured textual data. Social media, email and other forms of communication are driving opportunities by way of semantic analysis.

We will present specific analysis of the Enron email data set and use specific applications within this domain to cover relevant topics, considerations, and avenues for growth in the field of sentiment analysis. We will both cover analysis of this data set from a slightly different perspective and cover our findings in conjunction in order to generate discussion. Furthermore, John will present details of an active product development and startup opportunity that he pursuing and will discuss elements of this initiative including the startup process itself, challenges encountered, technical methods and business concepts learned along the way.

About John
Boxelder Consulting was founded by John this year and was spun out of his product development company, ScratchPad Ventures.  John’s focus at Boxelder is the collection, processing, analysis and distribution of data products and services that enhance decision-making and understanding for clients.  John’s specific and most recent passion lies in the processing, analysis and delivery of unstructured textual data products in order to generate understanding of client business operations or their market in general.

About Brian
Dr. Brian Levey works as a Senior Research Scientist at Strategic Analaysis Enterprises where his responsibilities include model generation, model transparency, research design, test and evaluation, and statistical analysis of data. He also acts as liaison with William and Mary, organizing and managing our research assistants. Dr. Levey received his Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus on social science methodology from the University of Georgia in 2013. Dr. Levey brings a strong political science and statistics background to the team and has been unofficially named the Chief of Randomness. His areas of interest include research design, measurement models, counterfactual analysis, and Bayesian statistics.

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  • Jessie H.

    Traffic at I 64 highway. Sorry well be late.

    November 19, 2013

  • Jessie H.

    Hi, I will try my best to be there tomorrow. But I need to bring my son with me. Hope nobody will be mind on it. Thank you.

    November 18, 2013

    • Brian L.

      Exciting. I hope we can make it interesting for kids. :)

      November 19, 2013

    • Bob L.

      I would love for kids of all ages to come. If we have a lot of younger kids (my son is 3) I'll schedule a babysitter

      November 19, 2013

  • Vish

    I have never to one of these and am planning on making it tonight. Is parking available near the location.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Bob L.

      Hi Vish, yes parking isn't too tough to find. There is a Lowes right across the street and sometimes I park there, but usually I just park on the street.

      November 19, 2013

  • David

    Argh! I was planning on the November meeting (shown above.) I can certainly bring some materials on these

    October 15, 2013

  • David

    My doctorate is in artificial intelligence so - if you want me to - I could put together some materials on machine learning

    October 15, 2013

    • Bob L.

      Hi david!If you want to put something together and talk for about 5 or 10 minutes that would be great! Looking forward to it! Difference between supervised and unsupervised learning or the uses of reinforcement learning are topics that I know people would like to learn about.

      October 15, 2013

    • Peter F.

      Second that. Bring what you'd like to share. See you tonight.

      October 15, 2013

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