You can do an enormous number of things with MAT. In this section, we provide you with some initial pointers for the various capabilities of MAT. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the ways the toolkit can be used; but we hope it will point you in the right directions.
How do I...
The various steps involved in this incremental, tag-a-little,
learn-a-little loop deserve their own page, and are described here.
You don't need to train a model or automatically tag data to use
MAT. You can use the MAT UI as a pure hand annotation tool. Tutorial 1 covers this process pretty
well, or, if your task involves more than simple span annotations, check
out tutorial 8.
Here's a summary with pointers to more of the details. First, create your task and install it, or use a task
you've already defined. Make sure that this task has a hand annotation step, as
illustrated in the sample 'Named
Then, start the Web server and load
the MAT UI. You can either manually
load and save individual documents on
your local machine, or you can set up a workspace
and access it in the UI.
To score simple span annotations (that is, annotations whose main
label is the distinguishing element) against each other, you don't
even need to have a task.
You can use the scorer with the
If you're comparing multiple annotation tools, you can run them
outside of MAT and ensure that their output can be read by MAT by
identifying or creating a MAT reader.
Alternatively, you can write a wrapper for the annotation tool,
and create workflows and model
configurations in task.xml which use the tool (this is
harder, and not really documented).
If you're comparing multiple annotators, you can have them
annotate the files in file
mode and then compare them using the scorer, or you can use
the assignment capability in the workspaces
to have the files multiply-annotated in the context of a
workspace. In the future, you'll be able to score and reconcile
these multiply-annotated files directly in the workspace.
The MAT document visualization and annotation tool is available
as a standalone utility
which does not require the MATWeb