BUTANE (BU Transcript Analytics & Exploration)
Developed by the Institute for Oral History and Data and Digital Scholarship team at Baylor University, BUTANE is a free data mining and visualization tool that allows users to analyze and explore data gathered from interviewee transcript responses in innovative and revealing ways.
What is BUTANE?
BUTANE offers a user-friendly suite of approaches to examine both existing interview collections as well as an effective way to assess material gathered in ongoing research projects. BUTANE can be used for a single transcript or employed to present broad snapshots of large collections. The tool can produce a quick report or offers more in-depth customization to meet the needs of particular users.
What can BUTANE show me?
Through just a few steps, BUTANE can run transcripts through a series of processes and produce the following in a downloaded report:
- Frequency of shared nouns
- Top five nouns by interviewee
- Chronological references in interviews
- Similarity matrix of interviewee responses
- References to place in interviews
- Positive and negative sentiment in interviews
- Contextual data for important interview keywords
BUTANE Specifications and Documentation
BUTANE is a Python Jupyter Notebook hosted on the Google Colab platform.
Developmental notes: The developmental team for BUTANE includes the following contributors:
- Joshua Been, Assistant Librarian, Director of Data and Digital Scholarship
- Stephen Sloan, Director, Institute for Oral History, Associate Professor, Department of History
- Anupama Kanan, Undergraduate Student, majoring in biology and sociology, minoring in history
- Eric Ames, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications for ITS and University Libraries
Copyright 2022 Baylor University Libraries.
Use: Licensed under an MIT License.
Citation: Joshua Been and Stephen M. Sloan. BUTANE: Baylor University Transcript Analysis and Exploration. V. 2. Baylor University Libraries. Jupyter Notebooks. 2021.
Director of the Institute for Oral History, Executive Director of Oral History Association, and Professor of History