Natural Language Generation for Big Data Analytics

Making Sense of Big Data with Natural Language Generation

2021-01-08 00:00:00
10 min read

The digital wave has brought with itself a set of challenges and opportunities for businesses across industries. The explosion in the usage of the internet and smartphones has led to the accumulation of vast amounts of data which holds enormous opportunities for businesses. Big data when decoded and used in a relevant and timely manner has the potential to power industries and businesses into making informed decisions. 

Whether it is tracking your company’s monthly spends or monitoring employee performance, there are mounds of data that would need decoding and cracking. Businesses often look for help to understand such data. A data analyst is typically skilled to analyze and convert the structured data into facts, figures, and tables. But you would still need his help to understand what those facts and figures mean for your business goals, and how you can use those insights to appeal to your end-user. 

The key is to decode the data in an easy-to-understand manner and derive relevant information to articulate what your customers are looking for. With the attention span of customers becoming fickle day-by-day, it is more important than ever to harness their attention with the right information in the right way, at the right place. Deconstructing analytics to get actionable, useful, measurable, and reliable insights automatically, in real-time is the need of the hour. 

Businesses often face challenges in combing and mining the right data and translating it into useful and actionable insights. Natural Language Generation (NLG) uses the power of language to automate this process and bridge the gap. In this article, we take you through how NLG can be effectively used to analyze big data.

Natural Language Generation is an advanced AI technology that transforms complex data sets into easy-to-understand narratives. It takes the gist of the data and creates a language that businesses and customers can understand and respond to. This is exactly the technology behind Phrazor- an augmented analytics tool that derives insights from data in words. Phrazor bridges the gap between cumbersome, cold data, and the potential benefits it can bring to businesses. It uses Natural Language Generation and Machine Learning to enable seamless interpretation and communication of insights with automated reporting

Let us dig deeper into the various characteristics of Natural Language Generation that aid in deciphering big data and how Phrazor uses them to solve business challenges.

Language and Storytelling

Language is the key to generating a narrative from dynamic insights that everyone can understand and interpret easily. And, storytelling is effective in setting the context of transmitting the message and making an impact. Data storytelling has become critical to communicate insight to users in a manner that they understand. It can take on different storylines, plots and characters depending on the industry and function it is catering to, and produce a relevant combination of visuals and words.

For instance, in the sales function, the Employee Sales Performance Report tells the story of the overall performance of a sales employee in terms of the meetings conducted, deals closed, targets achieved, contribution to the overall revenue, etc. The plot thickens with comparing the performances of various sales employees, tracking specific sales KPIs, and analyzing the contribution of a specific employee to the overall growth of the company. The data stories vary with each industry, function and report and incorporate specific business domain context to make the report more relevant and insightful for the particular domain or user. Not just that, these data stories can be written in multiple regional and foreign languages, depending on the user's understanding. 

Sales Performance Report
Sales Performance Report

In one of the many use cases, Phrazor provides multilingual recommendations to the customers of Motilal Oswal- in the form of personalized portfolio analysis reports and helps them know if they should hold/buy/sell an investment and why. It also successfully democratizes COVID-19 data in the Phrazor dashboard and provides real-time global updates in multiple languages.

Adding Context to Data Interpretation

BI and visualization tools often lead to falsely interpreted reports when there is a design or development bias. Natural Language Generation helps in providing detailed insights to business users and stakeholders and solves the problems of data misinterpretation. Phrazor makes it happen by providing an intuitive user experience to business professionals and stakeholders who are not technology or data experts and help them in interpreting data without any bias. It provides a no-code, drag-and-drop functionality that can be customized for businesses to generate accurate and relevant insights in real-time. 

Moreover, Phrazor also features a library of report templates built for specific industries and functions. Each template provides bespoke reporting by incorporating relevant business context and generating actionable insights for specific business users. The plug and play model allows for easy execution of plugging in the data and generating insights that speak directly to specific industry, role, or function.

Template Library on the Phrazor Platform
Template Library on the Phrazor Platform


Generating Valuable Insights 

Data storytelling is the vehicle, but at the heart of reporting lies the effective use of Business Analytics to ensure that the insights generated are worth the users’ time and resource investment. The insights generated using Natural Language Generation must be valuable enough to provide new and significant inputs and answer questions such as- what is the data telling us, what is the implication of the analysis, and what does it mean to the end-users? They must be actionable and capable of making an impact in real-time. 

So, what makes for a good, valuable insight? Here are certain requisites that make for good insights.

Value of a good insight

These insights give a clear picture and allow data to be understood and used beyond the basic interpretation. It provides deeper analyses and insights which can be used effectively by enterprises in bagging competitive advantage within the industry.

Phrazor is built by strategically linking AI, Data Science, and Business Analytics to generate useful and actionable insights in human language as per various functions and industry specifications. Its analytical engine is perpetually powered by built-in domain context and its wide range of use cases, which helps in deriving unique narratives.

Wrapping Up

NLG is fast becoming a workhorse for content generation in the business world. With the ability to harness the vast quantity of structured big data, the technology is evolving with innumerable applications and has the potential to change the face of every business from education to finance to media.

To see NLG in action, get in touch with us!


About Phrazor

Phrazor empowers business users to effortlessly access their data and derive insights in language via no-code querying