November 30, 2006

Does web text mining need to be cloaked?

One semi-flagship use for text mining is to track sentiment across news articles, websites, etc. Should this be done openly, or is there a danger of being spoofed? (I doubt it; probably no more than a few of the sites would ever be motivated to do so.) But what if you’re making many hits against the same site, to the point that your traffic is unwelcome? Or maybe the site is a direct competitor. In such cases, hiding your tracks may be more relevant.

If any of this is an issue for you, you should take a look at Anonymizer’s growing enterprise offering. Apparently, there are commercial enterprises using thousands of seats each of Anonymizer’s cloaking service.


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