Data Management

Mining Criminal Networks from Unstructured Text Documents

Date Added: Jan 2012
Format: PDF

Digital data collected for forensics analysis often contain valuable information about the suspects' social networks. However, most collected records are in the form of unstructured textual data, such as e-mails, chat messages, and text documents. An investigator often has to manually extract the useful information from the text and then enter the important pieces into a structured database for further investigation by using various criminal network analysis tools. Obviously, this information extraction process is tedious and error-prone. Moreover, the quality of the analysis varies by the experience and expertise of the investigator.