Unstructured Data Analytics

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What is included with this book?


Turn unstructured data into valuable business insight

Unstructured Data Analytics provides an accessible, non-technical introduction to the analysis of unstructured data. Written by global experts in the analytics space, this book presents unstructured data analysis (UDA) concepts in a practical way, highlighting the broad scope of applications across industries, companies, and business functions. The discussion covers key aspects of UDA implementation, beginning with an explanation of the data and the information it provides, then moving into a holistic framework for implementation. Case studies show how real-world companies are leveraging UDA in security and customer management, and provide clear examples of both traditional business applications and newer, more innovative practices.

Roughly 80 percent of today's data is unstructured in the form of emails, chats, social media, audio, and video. These data assets contain a wealth of valuable information that can be used to great advantage, but accessing that data in a meaningful way remains a challenge for many companies. This book provides the baseline knowledge and the practical understanding companies need to put this data to work.

Supported by research with several industry leaders and packed with frontline stories from leading organizations such as Google, Amazon, Spotify, LinkedIn, Pfizer Manulife, AXA, Monster Worldwide, Under Armour, the Houston Rockets, DELL, IBM, and SAS Institute, this book provide a framework for building and implementing a successful UDA center of excellence.

You will learn:

  • How to increase Customer Acquisition and Customer Retention with UDA
  • The Power of UDA for Fraud Detection and Prevention
  • The Power of UDA in Human Capital Management & Human Resource
  • The Power of UDA in Health Care and Medical Research
  • The Power of UDA in National Security
  • The Power of UDA in Legal Services
  • The Power of UDA for product development
  • The Power of UDA in Sports
  • The future of UDA

From small businesses to large multinational organizations, unstructured data provides the opportunity to gain consumer information straight from the source. Data is only as valuable as it is useful, and a robust, effective UDA strategy is the first step toward gaining the full advantage. Unstructured Data Analytics lays this space open for examination, and provides a solid framework for beginning meaningful analysis.

Author Biography

JEAN PAUL ISSON is a recognized worldwide expert and evangelist in Big Data Analytics and Advanced Business Analytics, with over 22 years of experience. He is the author of Win with Advanced Business Analytics and People Analytics in the Era of Big Data.

As Global Vice President of Predictive Analytics & BI at Monster Worldwide Inc. he has built his team from the ground up and successfully conceived and implemented global customer scoring, predictive models and segmentation, machine learning and deep learning solutions, web mining applications, and people analytics solutions for Monster across North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. He is also the Founder of the People Analytics Institute.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter 1 The Age of Advanced Business Analytics 1

Introduction 1

Why the Analytics Hype Today? 5

A Short History of Data Analytics 15

What Is the Analytics Age? 22

Interview with Wayne Thompson, Chief Data Scientist at

SAS Institute 23

Key Takeaways 28

Notes 29

Further Reading 30

Chapter 2 Unstructured Data Analytics: The Next Frontier of Analytics Innovation 33

Introduction 33

What Is UDA? 35

Why UDA Today? 39

The UDA Industry 48

Uses of UDA 51

How UDA Works 52

Why UDA Is the Next Analytical Frontier? 54

Interview with Seth Grimes on Analytics as the Next

Business Frontier 58

UDA Success Stories 60

The Golden Age of UDA 64

Key Takeaways 65

Notes 66

Further Reading 67

Chapter 3 The Framework to Put UDA to Work 69

Introduction 69

Why Have a Framework to Analyze Unstructured Data? 70

The IMPACT Cycle Applied to Unstructured Data 72

Text Parsing Example 81

Interview with Cindy Forbes, Chief Analytics Officer and Executive Vice President at Manulife Financial 84

Case Study 90

Key Takeaways 106

Notes 107

Further Reading 108

Chapter 4 How to Increase Customer Acquisition and Retention with UDA 109

The Voice of the Customer: A Goldmine for

Understanding Customers 109

Why Should You Care about UDA for Customer

Acquisition and Retention? 111

Predictive Models and Online Marketing 117

How Does UDA Applied to Customer Acquisition Work? 118

The Power of UDA for E-mail Response and Ad Optimization 124

How to Drive More Conversion and Engagement with UDA Applied to Content 124

How UDA Applied to Customer Retention (Churn) Works 125

What Is UDA Applied to Customer Acquisition? 129

What Is UDA Applied to Customer Retention (Churn)? 135

The Power of UDA Powered by Virtual Agent 136

Benefits of a Virtual Agent or AI Assistant for Customer Experience 138

Benefits and Case Studies 139

Applying UDA to Your Social Media Presence and Native Ads to Increase Acquisitions 151

Key Takeaways 153

Notes 154

Chapter 5 The Power of UDA to Improve Fraud Detection and Prevention 157

Introduction 157

Why Should You Care about UDA for Fraud Detection and Prevention? 159

Benefits of UDA 163

What Is UDA for Fraud? 168

How UDA Works in Fraud Detection and Prevention 170

UDA Framework for Fraud Detection and Prevention:

Insurance 173

Major Fraud Detection and Prevention Techniques 176

Best Practices Using UDA for Fraud Detection and Prevention 179

Interview with Vishwa Kolla, Assistant Vice President Advanced Analytics at John Hancock Financial Services 182

Interview with Diane Deperrois, General Manager South-East and Overseas Region, AXA 184

Key Takeaways 187

Notes 189

Further Reading 189

Chapter 6 The Power of UDA in Human Capital Management 191

Why Should You Care about UDA in Human Resources? 191

What Is UDA in HR? 193

What Is UDA in HR Really About? 195

The Power of UDA in Online Recruitment: Supply and Demand Equation 196

The Power of UDA in Talent Sourcing Analytics 197

The Power of UDA in Talent Acquisition Analytics 205

Artificial Intelligence as a Hiring Assistant 206

The Power of UDA in Talent Retention 207

Interview with Arun Chidambaram, Director of Global workforce intelligence, Pfizer 208

Employee Performance Appraisal Data Review Feedback 210

How UDA Works 211

Benefits of UDA in HR 212

Case Studies 213

Interview with Stephani Kingsmill, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Manulife 213

Key Takeaways 216

Further Reading 217

Chapter 7 The Power of UDA in the Legal Industry 219

Why Should You Care about UDA in Legal Services? 219

What Is UDA Applied to Legal Services? 224

How Does It Work? 224

Benefits and Challenges 231

Key Takeaways 234

Notes 235

Further Reading 235

Chapter 8 The Power of UDA in Healthcare and Medical Research 237

Why Should You Care about UDA in Healthcare? 237

What’s UDA in Healthcare? 245

How UDA Works 250

Benefits 255

Interview with Mr. François Laviolette, Professor of Computer Science/Director of Big Data Research Centre at Laval University (QC) Canada 257

Interview with Paul Zikopolous, Vice President Big Data Cognitive System at IBM 258

Case Study 262

Key Takeaways 263

Notes 264

Further Reading 265

Chapter 9 The Power of UDA in Product and Service Development 267

Why Should You Care about UDA for Product and Service Development? 267

UDA and Big Data Analytics 268

Interview with Fiona McNeill, Global Product Marketing Manager at SAS Institute 283

What Is UDA Applied to Product Development? 297

How Is UDA Applied to Product Development? 300

How UDA Applied to Product Development Works 301

Key Takeaways 303

Notes 304

Chapter 10 The Power of UDA in National Security 307

National Security: Playground for UDA or Civil Liberty Threat? 307

What Is UDA for National Security? 310

Data Sources of the NSA 310

Why UDA for National Security? 314

Case Studies 320

How UDA Works 322

Key Takeaways 323

Notes 324

Further Reading 325

Chapter 11 The Power of UDA in Sports 327

The Short History of Sports Analytics: Moneyball 328

Why Should You Care about UDA in Sports? 333

What Is UDA in Sports? 338

How It Works 342

Interview with Winston Lin, Director of Strategy and Analytics for the Houston Rockets 343

Key Takeaways 347

Notes 347

Further Reading 348

Chapter 12 The Future of Analytics 349

Harnessing These Evolving Technologies Will Generate Benefits 350

Data Becomes Less Valuable and Analytics Becomes Mainstream 353

Predictive Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning Become the New Standard 355

People Analytics Becomes a Standard Department in Businesses 358

UDA Becomes More Prevalent in Corporations and Businesses 359

Cognitive Analytics Expansion 359

The Internet of Things Evolves to the Analytics of Things 360

MOOCs and Open Source Software and Applications Will Continue to Explode 361

Blockchain and Analytics Will Solve Social Problems 362

Human-Centered Computing Will Be Normalized 364

Data Governance and Data Security Will Remain the Number-One Risk and Threat 365

Key Takeaways 366

Notes 367

Further Reading 367

Appendix A Tech Corner Details 369

Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) Algorithm and Applications 370

Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Applications 382

PCA Application to Facial Recognition: EigenFaces 392

QR Factorization Algorithm and Applications 394

Note 399

Further Reading 399

About The Author 401

Index 403


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