What is comparative text analysis?

Learn everything you need to know about Relative Insight's unique, comparative approach to text analytics and insights.

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Written by Trish Pencarska
Updated over a week ago

Relative Insight's comparative approach is what makes our technology unique from other text analysis solutions. In this article, you will learn:

What is comparative text analytics?

Comparative text analytics uses principles of comparative linguistics to reveal the statistically significant differences and similarities between two or more text data sets.

In other words, it helps you understand what makes a particular data set (and the audience group, brand, or product it represents) unique to others.

How is comparative text analytics different from other types of text analysis?

The text analytics capabilities embedded in social listening, survey analysis, and customer insight tools often rely on pure frequency-based analysis. This type of analysis reveals the dominant words and phrases in a particular data set - often presented in the form of a word cloud.

There are two primary challenges with this approach:

  • It often surfaces obvious discoveries

  • It fails to incorporate the necessary context into the analysis.

For example, while it may be informative to know that 50 customer reviews include mentions of the phrase 'great quality', this information is not insightful without context. To truly understand if this is something to be celebrated, we need answers to some other questions, for example:

  • Is 50 mentions more or less than the competition?

  • How does it compare to reviews from last year?

  • Are the comments specifically related to one product?

Relative Insight's comparative approach provides answers to these kinds of questions by incorporating reference points into the analysis.

What are the benefits of comparative text analysis?

There are three primary benefits to the comparative approach.

  • It incorporates context into your analysis which helps to generate robust insights that hold up under scrutiny.

  • It surfaces only the statistically significant differences between data sets, helping users overcome the hypothesis-driven bias, common in manual analysis.

  • It enables the scalable analysis of text data by focusing your attention on the things that matter within your data and nothing else.

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