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Analyzing Online Car Reviews Using Text Mining

Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, 232 Gongreung-Ro, Nowon-Gu, Seoul 01811, Korea
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Sustainability 2019, 11(6), 1611;
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 13 March 2019 / Accepted: 13 March 2019 / Published: 17 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Big Data Research for Social Sciences and Social Impact)
Consumer reviews on the web have rapidly become an important information source through which consumers can share their experiences and opinions about products and services. It is a form of text-based communication that provides new possibilities and opens vast perspectives in terms of marketing. Reading consumer reviews gives marketers an opportunity to eavesdrop on their own consumers. This paper examines consumer reviews of three different competitive automobile brands and analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of each vehicle using text mining and association rule methods. The data were collected from an online resource for automotive information,, with a scraping tool “ParseHub” and then processed in R software for statistical computing and graphics. The paper provides detailed insights into the superior and problematic sides of each brand and into consumers’ perceptions of automobiles and highlights differences between satisfied and unsatisfied groups regarding the best and worst features of the brands. View Full-Text
Keywords: big data analytics; text mining; association rule; car review big data analytics; text mining; association rule; car review
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Kim, E.-G.; Chun, S.-H. Analyzing Online Car Reviews Using Text Mining. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1611.

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