Data mining the past: New algorithm searches historic documents to discover noteworthy people (University at Buffalo)

University at Buffalo: Data mining the past: New algorithm searches historic documents to discover noteworthy people. “Old newspapers provide a window into our past, and a new algorithm co-developed by a University at Buffalo School of Management researcher is helping turn those historic documents into useful, searchable data. Published in Decision Support Systems, the algorithm can find and rank people’s names in order of importance from the results produced by optical character recognition (OCR), the computerized method of converting scanned documents into text that is often messy.”

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