Skim Engine Updates: Address Extraction

Skim Engine Updates: Entity Extraction


We’ve been working on upgrading and improving our Skim Engine, expanding its already existing capabilities for data extraction.

Generally, the Skim Engine is able to transform unstructured data into structured and machine-readable data. The available data is used for standard processing that can be applied for retrieving information.

For this particular feature of entity extraction, we focused on any occupational roles found in unstructured text. These are normalised to an O*NET Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code and include a general job category description.

Updates with our customers in mind


It’s often useful for users to have a list of Job Roles from the text of the page so they can be linked to Person entities. This is useful, for example, for tracking the movements of executives, or other staff, to and from your competitors, offering immediate and structured business intelligence.

Technical approach


The entity extractor uses a Neural Network model that was trained and developed in-house. The process had two phases.

First, we simply show the model terms in the O*NET database in the context of news and company team pages, to give it a basic understanding of Job Titles.

The second phase involved our team of annotators teaching the model further by correcting the instances it was least certain about.

With the model trained, we also implemented Job Title normalisation: once a Job Title is extracted, it is mapped back to its entry in the O*NET database, providing additional information about the role found – namely, its general category, codes, etc.

Overall the process worked very well and with a minimal amount of manual labelling we produced a high-performance model for the product.

Solve a problem


Understanding the roles mentioned in web pages has a number of applications in Business Intelligence. For example, one company can monitor news, competitors’ pages and social media for trends of staff from the same general employment category (e.g. Chief Executives, Software Developers) joining or leaving.

This would provide valuable intelligence by signalling that the company may be in trouble, undergoing a takeover, moving into a new area and so on.

Further, global HR managers can extract job information across all regional offices, and ensure data is accurate within their own systems, combining external and internal data.

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