Chapter 12

Making Sense of Unstructured Natural Language Information

Kellyn Rein

Abstract

Making sense of the vast mountains of data that are being increased by tremendous quantities each day is a significant challenge. Whereas much of these data are produced by devices (sensors, cameras, global positioning systems, etc.), the volume of information produced by humans in the form of natural language is also growing dramatically. Making sense of text-based information is of particular importance in many communities including security, intelligence, and crisis management, where the focus is on the actors who may be involved in illicit or threatening activities or who may be caught up in disaster situations in which human communications have an important ...

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