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CTO at MeaningCloud

New Excel 365 add-in for Text Analytics!

Our new Excel 365 add-in has finally arrived!

Excel is the preferred tool for many MeaningCloud users. They access MeaningCloud APIs directly from Excel with our add-in. In the last months, we have received a lot of inquiries about Mac support. So, we partnered with Microsoft to build a new multiplatform version.

 

Installation

Installing it is a breeze on all platforms. The new add-in is available in Microsoft AppSource:

https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/product/office/WA200002421

Click on Get it Now and follow the instructions.

 

Configuration

You only need your API key to use MeaningCloud. Paste it in the License Key field and you’re ready to start analyzing.

Don’t have one? Create an account for free – no payment method required.

Configuring the MeaningCloud add-in

 

Usage

You can use the APIs directly from the ribbon:

MeaningCloud add-in ribbon

The user interface page describes the different buttons. Paste your texts in the spreadsheet, select the tool in the ribbon, review the parameters and click in Analyze:
Sentiment analysis with MeaningCloud
Take a look at the documentation for more information about add-in usage.

 

But I don’t use Office 365!

No worries. If you use another Excel version, we still offer the previous add-in version. If you don’t use Microsoft Excel at all, you can use our Google Spreadsheets add-on.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or issues, we will be glad to hear from you. Drop us a line at support@meaningcloud.com and tell us about your experience.

MeaningCloud participates in T3chFest 2019

This year MeaningCloud participates in T3chFest, the technology fair in University Carlos III de Madrid.

T3chFest was born as a show of the research works made in the Department of Informatics. Today, the event has become a reference in Spain’s technology scene. In the last edition 1600 people attended to more than 80 talks.

This year we have submitted a call titled “NLP for Small Data“, where we review the state of the art in the Natural Language Processing. We will also discuss the advances in Deep Learning and the usage of Linguistic Models.

The talk will be presented by two members of our Linguistics team: Concepción Polo, Director of Linguistics, and María José García, computational linguist. They are actively involved in every linguistic model in all our products, from the initial model sketch to its final fine tuning.

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Easy Text Analytics using MeaningCloud’s Zapier integration

We at MeaningCloud love Zapier. It lets us build workflows connecting email, Slack, etc. We wanted to contribute our bit to its ecosystem, so we created MeaningCloud’s Zapier integration. Thanks to it, we can perform Text Analytics in any Zapier workflow easily.

Many organizations use workflows to automate tasks. Chat rooms and bots are a common way of triggering events. For instance, the Slash commands in Slack or Hubot respond to well-formed commands with strict patterns to avoid ambiguity, which is something desirable under some circumstances.

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Where these approaches do not fit specially well is, precisely, one of the most exciting aspects of using Text Analytics in automatization: it can react to the outside world. A company can analyze all communications received from clients, measure reputation, detect weaknesses, or even analyze the employee satisfaction. And all that information can be injected in an automated process and react conveniently.

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Dockerized text analytics with MeaningCloud On-Premises

One of the main challenges users face when adopting an on-premises solution is the ability to integrate it into their infrastructure. The days when EJBs and application servers ruled the world have gone, and organizations bet for virtualization. They offer convenient features like isolation and replication, but along with a critical drawback: performance. Docker has raised as a serious alternative to virtual machines, and dockerized applications are the new EJBs. It is not uncommon to find in a company’s infrastructure dockerized services and processes. In this sense, a question rises: what about dockerized text analytics?

The problem with virtual machines

By definition, a virtual machine runs a complete stack of virtualized hardware and operating system. It takes a powerful host machine to run a large amount of virtual machines seamlessly. Organizations often find themselves forced to invest in powerful servers to run solutions that are in fact not specially hardware-demanding.

In the last years, an alternative approach called containers has been widely adopted. In short, a container is an isolated file system, with its own processes, users, and network interfaces, but without any virtualized hardware.

Dockerized text analytics with MeaningCloud

MeaningCloud runs seamlessly in Docker containers, which makes it a convenient solution for deploying it in some infrastructures. It also takes advantage of some appealing aspects inherited from the Docker internal design.

Text analytics: docker makes it easy

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