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theConcept™

Getting Started with theConcept

theConcept is a text mining application that reads and analyzes electronic documents for keyword identification, content categorization and contextual research. If this definition doesn't make any sense to you, then this Getting Started guide is here to help.

Let's describe some of the ways you can use theConcept.

Searching the web smarter

theConcept can process pages of results from search engines such as Google. This can be helpful if you use a search engine to research topics.

For example, imagine you know nothing about the show American Idol: a search for american idol on Google yields about a million results. You might spend a few minutes clicking links trying to find something interesting.

Using theConcept, you can do the exact same search on Google, but with a twist: theConcept visits the first search result, processes the text from its web page, moves on to the next result, does the same, and so on, and so on. theConcept summarizes all this information into an Index, a database containing key words, phrases and concepts about "American Idol."

When theConcept is finished, you can use the Index to discover what wasn't evident in page after page of search results: see what American Idol sites mention Carrie Underwood (and get an idea of what those sites say about her); automatically pull up images of Bo Bice; or even discover a site for people who can't stand American Idol.

Crawling a web site for information

theConcept can crawl a web site, just like search engine spiders do while we're all sleeping. This can be helpful if you need to research information on the web from places where it would take too long to explore on your own.

Imagine you find a site titled Lord of the Rings Databank or find a site that has hundreds of links to documents on its Superstring Theory Links Page. You could spend a whole afternoon clicking links and looking for interesting information from these locations.

Using theConcept, you can do the same task and save your afternoon for a nap: theConcept can crawl the entire Lord of the Rings Databank site, processing all the text it finds along the way to build a "Lord of the Rings" Index. Similarly, theConcept can crawl every link on the Superstring Theory Links Page, processing the text from each document to build a "Superstring Theory" Index.

When theConcept is finished, you can use each Index to discover what you didn't have time to explore: see what sites mention Tolkien or M-branes (and get an idea of what they say about them), automatically pull up images of Middle Earth or Brian Greene, or discover devoted fan sites for these topics.

Reading files for topic skimming and summarization

theConcept can read files on your local machine or network. This can be helpful if you have a batch of documents pertaining to some subject, or one very large document that you don't have time to read.

Imagine you have a huge text file: a two-hundred page report from the U.S. House of Representatives on funding for a particular NASA project. You certainly don't have time to read it, but it might be nice to get some idea of what it says.

Using theConcept, you can digest two hundred pages in about the time it takes to launch Word: theConcept can open the file and read it, processing all the text inside to build a "NASA" Index.

When theConcept is finished, you can use the Index to discover what you didn't have time to read: see what members of Congress are mentioned in the report, automatically pull up images of the project in question…you get the picture by now.

Using theConcept

Of course, the best way to understand how theConcept might help you is to actually put it to use. Why not download your copy today?

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