A topic model was explored using unsupervised machine learning to summarized free-text narrative reports of 77,215 injuries that occurred in coal mines in the USA between 2000 and 2015. Latent Dirichlet Allocation modeling processes identified six topics from the free-text data. One topic, a theme describing primarily injury incidents resulting in strains and sprains of musculoskeletal systems, revealed differences in topic emphasis by the location of the mine property at which injuries occurred, the degree of injury, and the year of injury occurrence. Text narratives clustered around this topic refer most frequently to surface or other locations rather than underground locations that resulted in disability and that, also, increased secularly over time. The modeling success enjoyed in this exploratory effort suggests that additional topic mining of these injury text narratives is justified, especially using a broad set of covariates to explain variations in topic emphasis and for comparison of surface mining injuries with injuries occurring during site preparation for construction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||MATEC Web of Conferences|
|State||Published - Dec 14 2018|
|Event||6th International Scientific Conference on Integration, Partnership and Innovation in Construction Science and Education, IPICSE 2018 - Moscow, Russian Federation|
Duration: Nov 14 2018 → Nov 16 2018
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)