Research Papers: D3 Methods

Data-Driven Sizing Specification Utilizing Consumer Text Reviews

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Rushtin Chaklader

OPEN Design Lab,
Penn State University,
University Park, PA 16802
e-mail: rxc341@gmail.com

Matthew B. Parkinson

Engineering Design and
Mechanical Engineering,
Penn State University,
University Park, PA 16802
e-mail: parkinson@psu.edu

Contributed by the Design Automation Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received February 20, 2017; final manuscript received July 14, 2017; published online October 2, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Ying Liu.

J. Mech. Des 139(11), 111406 (Oct 02, 2017) (7 pages) Paper No: MD-17-1158; doi: 10.1115/1.4037476 History: Received February 20, 2017; Revised July 14, 2017

The objective of this work is to introduce a new method for determining preliminary design specifications related to human-artifact interaction. This new method uses data mining of large numbers of consumer reviews. User opinion on specific product features can be time-consuming or expensive to obtain through traditional methods including surveys, experiments, and observational studies. Data mining review text of already released products may be a potentially less time consuming and costly method. Previously established methods of determining design for human variability information from consumer reviews, such as the frequency and accuracy summation (FAS) number and subsequent manual analysis, are explored. The weighted phrase rating (WPR), a new metric which can be an automated tool to quickly analyze consumer reviews, is also introduced. It does not require manual parsing of the reviews, which extends its applicability to larger review pools. This new method is shown to quickly and economically provide information useful to the establishment of design specifications.

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