The Clusters view

In the Clusters view, you can build and explore cluster results found in your text data.

Clusters are groupings of concepts generated by clustering algorithms based on how often concepts occur and how often they appear together. The goal of clusters is to group concepts that co-occur together while the goal of categories is to group documents or records based on how the text they contain matches the descriptors (concepts, rules, patterns) for each category.

The more often the concepts within a cluster occur together coupled with the less frequently they occur with other concepts, the better the cluster is at identifying interesting concept relationships. Two concepts co-occur when they both appear (or one of their synonyms or terms appear) in the same document or record.

You can build clusters and explore them in a set of charts and graphs that could help you uncover relationships among concepts that would otherwise be too time-consuming to find. While you cannot add entire clusters to your categories, you can add the concepts in a cluster to a category through the Cluster Definitions dialog box.

You can make changes to the settings for clustering to influence the results.

The Clusters view is organized into panes, each of which can be hidden or shown by selecting its name from the drop-down. Typically, only the Clusters pane is visible.

Clusters pane

Located on the left side, this pane presents the clusters that were discovered in the text data. You can create clustering results by clicking Build. Clusters are formed by a clustering algorithm, which attempts to identify concepts that occur together frequently.

Whenever a new extraction takes place, the cluster results are cleared, and you have to rebuild the clusters to get the latest results. When building the clusters, you can change some settings, such as the maximum number of clusters to create, the maximum number of concepts it can contain, or the maximum number of links with external concepts it can have.

Data pane

The Data pane is located in the lower right corner and is hidden by default. You cannot display any Data pane results from the Clusters pane since these clusters span multiple documents/records, making the data results uninteresting. However, you can see the data corresponding to a selection within the Cluster Definitions dialog box. Depending on what is selected in that dialog box, only the corresponding text appears in the Data pane. Once you make a selection, click Display & to populate the Data pane with the documents or records that contain all of the concepts together.

The corresponding documents or records show the concepts highlighted in color to help you easily identify them in the text. You can also hover your mouse over color-coded items to display the concept under which it was extracted and the type to which it was assigned. The Data pane can contain multiple columns but the text field column is always shown. It carries the name of the text field that was used during extraction or a document name if the text data is in many different files. Other columns are available.