Tagging documents with metadata to identify the author name, institution, subject matter, or any relevant piece of information at all brings all of those card catalogs into a single databank, accessible all at once. We like to call it Semantic Fingerprinting because, as it turns out, tagging a person’s electronic record actually does reveal the uniqueness of the person. Value Walk brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Using Semantic Fingerprinting In Finance.”

In academic publishing, the benefit of this fingerprinting is pretty clear. Knowing the author’s name, date of birth, institution, or really anything you want allows him or her to be identified quickly and, more importantly, with accuracy.

Researchers in finance and adjacent fields have increasingly been working with textual data even with the challenge of analyzing its content. Using semantic fingerprinting to predict stock return correlations can produce superior results. Semantic Fingerprinting significantly reduces the barrier to entry for research involving text content analysis.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.