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Title: A Web Service Implementation for Large-Scale Automation, Visualization and Real-Time Program Awareness via Lexical Link Analysis
Authors: Ying Zhao
Shelley Gallup
Douglas MacKinnon
Keywords: Acquisition Program Data
Lexical Link Analysis
Acquisition Researchers
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2011
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Data Analysis
Abstract: DoD acquisition is an extremely complex system, comprised of myriad stakeholders, processes, people, activities, and organizational structures. Processes within this complex system are encumbered by the continuous development of large amounts of unstructured and unformatted acquisition program data, which is narrowly useful but difficult to aggregate across the enterprise. Yet, acquisition analysts and decision-makers must analyze all types and spectrums of the available data to obtain a complete and understandable picture. This is a kind of systems non-congruence that has been difficult to overcome. For those embedded within the complexities of the acquisition community, this can be a daunting, if not impossible, task. We will apply a data-driven automation system, namely, Lexical Link Analysis (LLA), to facilitate acquisition researchers and decision-makers to recognize important connections (concepts) that form patterns derived from dynamic, ongoing data collection. The LLA technology and methodology is used to uncover and display relationships among competing programs and Navy-driven requirements. In the past year, we tested our method using samples of acquisition data for visualization and validity. LLA was demonstrated to discover statistically significant correlations and automatically extract the links that might require expensive manpower to perform otherwise (imagine use of many contractors, continually looking through documentation and adding excerpts to categories of interest in various spreadsheets). This year, we started to develop LLA from a demonstration to an operational capability and facilitate a wider range of acquisition research applications. If successful, the resulting system could facilitate real-time awareness, reduce the workload of decision-makers, and make a profound impact on the long-term success of acquisition strategies by revealing the current status of acquisition programs and connections within and external to contributing or competing interests, as well as inform potential strategic choices available to decision-makers.
Description: Acquisition Management / NPS Faculty Research
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