Clustering and Classification of Maintenance Logs using Text Data Mining

Edwards, B., Zatorsky, M. and Nayak, R.

    Spreadsheets applications allow data to be stored with low development overheads, but also with low data quality. Reporting on data from such sources is difficult using traditional techniques. This case study uses text data mining techniques to analyse 12 years of data from dam pump station maintenance logs stored as free text in a spreadsheet application. The goal was to classify the data as scheduled maintenance or unscheduled repair jobs. Data preparation steps required to transform the data into a format appropriate for text data mining are discussed. The data is then mined by calculating term weights to which clustering techniques are applied. Clustering identified some groups that contained relatively homogeneous types of jobs. Training a classification model to learn the cluster groups allowed those jobs to be identified in unseen data. Yet clustering did not provide a clear overall distinction between scheduled and unscheduled jobs. With some manual analysis to code a target variable for a subset of the data, classification models were trained to predict the target variable based on text features. This was achieved with a moderate level of accuracy.
Cite as: Edwards, B., Zatorsky, M. and Nayak, R. (2008). Clustering and Classification of Maintenance Logs using Text Data Mining. In Proc. Seventh Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM 2008), Glenelg, South Australia. CRPIT, 87. Roddick, J. F., Li, J., Christen, P. and Kennedy, P. J., Eds. ACS. 193-199.
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