Study 4 - Mining ideas from textual information
This approach introduces idea mining as process of extracting new and useful ideas from unstructured text. We use an idea definition from technique philosophy and we focus on ideas that can be used to solve technological problems. The rationale for the idea mining approach is taken over from psychology and cognitive science and follows how persons create ideas. To realize the processing, we use methods from text mining and text classification (tokenization, term filtering methods, Euclidean distance measure etc.) and combine them with a new heuristic measure for mining ideas. As a result, the idea mining approach extracts automatically new and useful ideas from a user given text. We present these problem solution ideas in a comprehensible way to support users in problem solving. This approach is evaluated with patent data and it is realized as a web-based application, named 'Technological Idea Miner' that can be used for further testing and evaluation.