Concept Searching Adds Boosting Capabilities to Platform Suites

Boosting Capabilities within conceptTaxonomyManager Now Available

McLean, VA, US and Stevenage, UK – August 6, 2015
Concept Searching, the global leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management software, and developer of the Smart Content Framework™, is pleased to announce that a boosting feature has been added to conceptTaxonomyManager.

This requirement was driven by the use of Concept Searching platforms in the government, specifically the military, both inside and outside the US. This is a highly advanced feature that would not typically be used by a commercial organization. The boosting mechanism is available within the product and is available to any client using the product.

Concept Searching’s auto-classification tool understands that the structure of the taxonomy is important, and if child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, and related terms all result in high scores in a document, this means that the document is most likely ‘about’ a certain topic, and increases the likelihood that the document should classify against those terms. The boosting feature understands the importance of the taxonomy hierarchy, in that each term does not exist in isolation, but is impacted by the hierarchy and the classification results of its neighbors. The boosting feature can be turned on or off for a specific term, or for the whole taxonomy.

For example, if the taxonomy had a node for energy and fuel and a node for energy drinks, the surrounding terms are taken into consideration. If the document happens to mention energy drinks, but also biofuel, solar energy, or nuclear energy, it is more likely that the document should be classified under the energy and fuel node. Alternatively, if terms in the document mention health, vitamins, or protein, these surrounding terms indicate that it should be classified against energy drinks. The boosting feature enables administrators to change the scores of related terms individually, to remove all ambiguity.

According to CEO and CTO of Concept Searching, John Challis, “Concept Searching has a significant customer base in the defense, intelligence, and public sectors. Our development efforts have always addressed client needs by adding functionality that improves their outcomes from taxonomy development. Although this feature was originally driven by these sectors, all new features are made available to all our clients,” he concluded.

Since conceptTaxonomyManager is platform agnostic, and available in an on-premises, hybrid, or cloud environments, it is chosen by organizations seeking to manage their unstructured and semi-structured content. Providing unique taxonomy features, it significantly reduces the time taken to build, deploy, and manage taxonomies. Designed for subject matter experts, it offers many interactive features to test and tune the taxonomy to obtain both high precision and high recall, which are extremely difficult to achieve.

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