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Understanding big consumer opinion data for market-driven product design

Jin, Jian, Liu, Ying, Ji, Ping and Liu, Hongguang 2016. Understanding big consumer opinion data for market-driven product design. International Journal of Production Research 94 (10) , pp. 3019-3041. 10.1080/00207543.2016.1154208

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Abstract

Big consumer data provide new opportunities for business administrators to explore the value to fulfil customer requirements (CRs). Generally, they are presented as purchase records, online behaviour, etc. However, distinctive characteristics of big data, Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value or ‘4Vs’, lead to many conventional methods for customer understanding potentially fail to handle such data. A visible research gap with practical significance is to develop a framework to deal with big consumer data for CRs understanding. Accordingly, a research study is conducted to exploit the value of these data in the perspective of product designers. It starts with the identification of product features and sentiment polarities from big consumer opinion data. A Kalman filter method is then employed to forecast the trends of CRs and a Bayesian method is proposed to compare products. The objective is to help designers to understand the changes of CRs and their competitive advantages. Finally, using opinion data in Amazon.com, a case study is presented to illustrate how the proposed techniques are applied. This research is argued to incorporate an interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science and engineering design. It aims to facilitate designers by exploiting valuable information from big consumer data for market-driven product design.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0020-7543
Date of Acceptance: March 2016
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 10:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87847

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