Shiftry: Web Service for Diachronic Analysis of Russian News
We present the ShiftRy web service. It helps to analyze temporal changes in the usage of words in news texts from Russian mass media. For that, we employ diachronic word embedding models trained on large Russian news corpora from 2010 up to 2019. The users can explore the usage history of any given query word, or browse the lists of words ranked by the degree of their semantic drift in any couple of years. Visualizations of the words’ tra-jectories through time are provided. Importantly, users can obtain corpus examples with the query word before and after the semantic shift (if any). The aim of ShiftRy is to ease the task of studying word history on short-term time spans, and the influence of social and political events on word usage. The service will be updated with new data yearly.