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January 13, 2021 Wednesday 04:56:34 PM IST

EPFL student creates a new language-analysis programme

Teacher Insights

Besomi, a Master’s student in data science at EPFL, has developed Texthero, a program that simplifies the task of analyzing textual data. It was created in the spring of 2020 under the supervision of Kenneth Younge, Chair of Technology and Innovation Strategy at EPFL’s Management of Technology & Entrepreneurship Institute. Designed as open-source software and written in the Python programming language, Texthero swiftly won over developers around the world.

Using Texthero, developers can quickly visualize and understand text-based datasets. The rudiments of Texthero first came to Besomi when he was working with Professor Younge on Fastlaw, a program for analyzing legal texts. He and Younge presented their program to the Harvard Law School Library.

To date, 16 developers have contributed to Texthero through pull requests on Github. They’ve fixed bugs, introduced new features and improved the documentation.Besomi now wants to consolidate and expand the Texthero community through blog posts and tutorials, in order to increase uptake of his program.