Topic Modeling and Transfer Learning for Automated Surveillance of Injury Reports in Consumer Product Reviews

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2020-01-07
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Goldberg, David
Zaman, Nohel
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Many modern firms and interest groups are tasked with the challenge of monitoring the status and performance of a bevy of distinct products. As online user-generated content has increased in volume, new unstructured data sources are available for mining unique insights. Reports of injuries arising as a result of product usage are particularly concerning. In this paper, we utilize complimentary approaches to address this problem. We analyze two novel datasets; first, a government-maintained dataset of hazard and injury reports and second, a large dataset of cross-industry consumer product reviews manually coded for the presence of hazard and injury reports. We apply an unsupervised topic modeling approach to characterize the hazard and injury reports detected. Then, we implement a supervised transfer learning technique, using information obtained from the government-maintained dataset to detect hazard and injury reports in online reviews. Our results offer improved surveillance for monitoring hazards across multiple industries.
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Data, Text, and Web Mining for Business Analytics, business intelligence, safety, text mining, topic modeling, transfer learning
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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