Assentor ®: An NLP-Based Solution to E-mail Monitoring

Chinatsu Aone, Mila Ramos-Santacruz, and William J. Niehaus, SRA International, Inc.

This paper describes the Natural Language Processing (NLP) component of an e-mail monitoring product called Assentor. Assentor monitors electronic correspondence for brokerage firms. It uses pattern-matching-based information extraction technology to find and quarantine e-mail messages that indicate, among others, customer complaints, insider trading, stock hyping, hard-pressure sales tactics, and firm preservation issues such as jokes and obscenities. This paper presents a quantitative evaluation of applying pattern matching vs. keyword-based searching to e-mail monitoring. Our evaluation shows that pattern matching performs significantly better than keyword-based searching both in terms of recall (false negatives) and precision (false positives).

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