FREE TagHelper Tools Tutorial

On July 8, 2008 the Pittsburgh Sciences of Learning Center will be holding a free, 1 day tutorial on using TagHelper tools for verbal protocol analysis. There will also be a segment on using SIDE , which is a tool for creating summarization systems, which builds on TagHelper tools. The tutorial will take place on Carnegie Mellon University's campus in Newell Simon Hall 3501.

TagHelper tools is a tool kit to facilitate the analysis of conversational data such as chat logs, email messages, or newsgroup posts. TagHelper tools has been used both as part of a process of analyzing data from past studies as well as to process conversational data on-line in order to trigger interventions based on detected communication patterns. It has also been used as an instructional tool in two different courses, namely Machine Learning in Practice and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.

Please RSVP to if you plan to come. Tutorial attendees should bring a laptop to work on during the hands-on portions of the tutorial. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own data to work with during the tutorial. Sample datasets will also be provided.

Please download TagHelper tools from the project webpage prior to the tutorial. Newer versions of the tool kit are likely to be posted soon before the tutorial, so please stay tuned! A variety of resources including documentation can be obtained from the main TagHelper Tools webpage. You should also download SIDE .

Tentative Schedule

9:00-9:15 Welcome and coffee
9:15-10:00 Annotation process, SIDE: The Summarization Integrated Development Environment
10:00-10:15 break, individual instruction
10:15-11:00 TagHelper experimentation process: setting up your data, creating a model, evaluating performance, using a trained model, overview of basic feature extraction from text
11:00-12:30 Hands-on time and individualized instruction
12:30-1:30 lunch on your own
1:30-2:15 Moving Ahead: Conceptual issues and Creative Feature Creation
2:15-2:30 break
2:30-4:00 Hands-on time and individualized instruction
4:00-4:45 Error Analysis Techniques
4:45-5:00 wrap-up discussion