Friday, May 28, 2010

Keywords Management in Statement Analyzer

Mark McClish's Statement Analyzer is missing an important feature to manage keywords and descriptions. There are many reasons to need more keywords, whether some are missing or simply because one's field of expertise is different from law enforcement or does not need to perform statement analysis on incident reports. This article will demonstrate how it is possible to manage keywords and descriptions.

Friday, May 21, 2010

An Emblem of Hostility

An emblem is defined by any gesture that has a specific meaning in a given culture. For example, an A-OK or Thumb Up have a positive meaning in North America, whereas a middle finger is considered to be rude and hostile. Such emblems are most often made willingly and purposely. It becomes an emblematic slip when it is made unwillingly, and usually for a short period of time, in a similar fashion to a slip of the tongue.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Product Review: Mark McClish's Statement Analyzer

This in-depth product review covers Statement Analyzer software created by Mark McClish. Mark McClish is a former U.S. Marshal with more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He is one of the most influential name in statement analysis. I've had the pleasure to review his software and I have tested it on over 200 texts, including the articles and comments on my blog, apologies, emails, incident reports and various other open statements. The main components of this software are reviewed with an outline of their high and low points.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Two Scoops® of raisins is a deceptive sales argument since it is based on a measurement that is unclear. The system of measuring or measures is vague at best. There are many size of scoops and each with a different capacity.

In statement analysis, anything implied is questionable. Attributing five (5) stars is different from attributing five (5) stars out of five (5). The former implies a system that may or may not be out of five (5). Measurements in a truthful statement always come with its unit of measurement.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Using Squeak with Blogger Export Files

My recent efforts in the Squeak community is different from what I always thought. I imagined that I would be contributing code rather than an installer, survey and so forth. There are conversations about integrating a documentation system, known as HelpSystem, within Squeak Smalltalk and I will write documentation whenever it is up and running.

Meanwhile, I have decided to write another article on how to retrieve data from Blogger export files using Squeak. My previous article has shown how it's done in Ruby (see here). It's a great opportunity to destigmatize Smalltalk programming for the lay programmer.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Retrieving Data from Blogger Export Files

Ruby is a powerful dynamic object-oriented programming language. I have been using it professionally and to accomplish automated tasks. Collecting comments to generate the pie charts in my previous article was trivial using Ruby, Nokogiri and FasterCSV.

Blogger offers export and import features available in its Dashboard (Settings > Basic). It generates an enormous XML file that can be used to move your blog onto another one or save your data for later. There is a Developer's Guide: Protocol available online.