Automatically explore inter-discipline technology from Chinese patent documents

Ming Shien Cheng, Pingyu Hsu

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In knowledge-based economy, technologic capability would be the core assets of enterprises, and technology management is considered one of the most important management activities. The foremost work of technology managers should be exploring technology trends to support technology planning. However, exploring technology trend is no longer concentrated in one disciplines, much innovative research results from integrating technologies developed in different disciplines. An automatic tool to help explore inter-discipline technology should be very useful for technology managers. Recently, some researches which through the patent documents to explore technology trend mostly identify the trend by patent map, described the technology trend each discipline separately, and can't explore inter-discipline trend to help technology manager broader vision. Moreover, most of discussing technology trend studies, even discovering emerging technology-the most popular topic, adopted the published patent documents written by English and based on USPTO for patent analysis. Seldom of patent analysis research collected patent documents written by Chinese-the most population language. Our research attempts to remedy the shortfall of aforementioned studies, and propose an integrated technique. The research utilizes common themes development methodology to identify multiple discipline and the methods work with patents written in Chinese. Our developed method does not try to predict future development, but try to present current technology development as it is in a succinct way to help technology managers make the judgment. Our system would provide inter-discipline technology analysis which across transmission technology and transmission of digital information technology, and the empirical experiment found twenty three inter-discipline technological subjects. Furthermore, extended experimental scope-added one discipline (image communication technology), our experiment found thirteen inter-discipline technological subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligence and Security Informatics - Pacific Asia Workshop, PAISI 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319066769
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics, PAISI 2014 - Tainan, Taiwan
Duration: 13 May 201413 May 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8440 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2014 Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics, PAISI 2014


  • Chinese Patent Document
  • Cross Collection Mixture Model
  • Inter-Discipline Technology
  • Text Mining


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