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Fall 2017

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Winter 2016

    Winter 2016: Energy Evolution

    From carbon dioxide conversion to landfill mining, researchers at UTA are seeking viable alternative energy options.

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.

Fortune Teller

Mapping the Movers and Shakers

Using big data to predict and anticipate changes in the high-technology sector 

Mapping the Movers and Shakers

In the high-tech industry, mergers and acquisitions occur at the speed of light. Now, a business assistant professor has created a new method of analysis that not only improves market intelligence, but also explains mergers and acquisitions and identifies potential targets for future moves.

Gene Moo Lee says industry giants like Google spend billions of dollars each year acquiring smaller firms, but face a challenge when looking for companies with the products or tech they need. That’s where he and his co-researchers come in.

“Our new approach uses big-data analytics and a text-mining technique called ‘topic modeling’ to identify potential matches,” Dr. Lee explains. “This data-driven, analytics-based approach has proven effective in explaining mergers and acquisitions in the start-up world and complements existing toolkits for measuring business proximity.”

Topic modeling analyzes the language used in publicly available business descriptions around shared products, technologies, and markets. The business proximity of the start-ups is then quantified and the likelihood of a possible merger between two companies is computed based on factors like geographic vicinity and common investor ownership.

Lee’s team has developed a cloud-based information system and launched a new business—Topic Technologies—that offers market intelligence services to companies across the tech sector.


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