Methodological Demonstration of a Text Analytics Approach to Country Logistics System Assessments

  • Aseem KinraEmail author
  • Raghava Rao Mukkamala
  • Ravi Vatrapu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


The purpose of this study is to develop and demonstrate a semi-automated text analytics approach for the identification and categorization of information that can be used for country logistics assessments. In this paper, we develop the methodology on a set of documents for 21 countries using machine learning techniques while controlling both for 4 different time periods in the world FDI trends, and the different geographic and economic country affiliations. We report illustrative findings followed by a presentation of the separation of concerns/division of labor between the domain expert and the text analyst. Implications are discussed and future work is outlined.


Logistics Transport system evaluation Big data analytics Data mining Text mining Machine learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aseem Kinra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Raghava Rao Mukkamala
    • 2
  • Ravi Vatrapu
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Operations ManagementCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  2. 2.Computational Social Science Laboratory, Department of IT ManagementCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  3. 3.Mobile Technology Laboratory, Faculty of TechnologyWesterdals Oslo ACTOsloNorway

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