Analytics and Tech Mining for Engineering Managers

Analytics and Tech Mining for Engineering Managers

Scott W. Cunningham and Jan H. Kwakkel

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This book offers practical tools in Python to students of innovation, as well as competitive intelligence professionals, to track new developments in science, technology, and innovation. The book will appeal to both—tech-mining and data science audiences. For tech-mining audiences, Python presents an appealing, all-in-one language for managing the tech-mining process. The book is a complement to other introductory books on the Python language, providing recipes with which a practitioner can grow a practice of mining text. For data science audiences, this book gives a succinct overview over the most useful techniques of text mining. The book also provides relevant domain knowledge from engineering management; so, an appropriate context for analysis can be created.

This is the first book of a two-book series. This first book discusses the mining of text, while the second one describes the analysis of text. This book describes how to extract actionable intelligence from a variety of sources including scientific articles, patents, pdfs, and web pages. There is a variety of tools available within Python for mining text. In particular, we discuss the use of pandas, BeautifulSoup, and pdfminer.

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Scott Cunningham

Scott Cunningham is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. He teaches and researches topics including data science, network science, and game theory. His research is directed toward helping national governments anticipate the potentially unforeseen consequences of new and emerging technologies. Prior to joining Delft University of Technology, he worked for AT&T as a knowledge discovery analyst, helping customers in the manufacturing and commercial sectors make the best use of their data.

Jan Kwakkel

Jan Kwakkel is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology. His research focusses on model-based support for decision making, with a particular focus on the treatment of uncertainty. Text mining, and more general machine learning techniques, are important in his research. He has applied his research in various domains including transport, water, and energy.