Kofax Buys Text Classification, Extraction Developer

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-09 Print this article Print

Kofax will use Mohomine's technology to automate capture of paper-based or electronic unstructured textual data.

Information-capture vendor Kofax Image Products Inc. has purchased Mohomine Inc., an automated text classification and extraction developer, in a cash transaction, the company announced on Monday. Kofax President Rick Murphy said in a release that Mohomines technology will be used to automate capture of paper-based or electronic unstructured textual data—a task that has required the use of "expensive, labor-intensive classification and indexing" that made many projects infeasible, he said. Examples of such unstructured data include e-mail, PDF files and Web pages.
Mohomine markets MohoClassifier and MohoExtractor software. MohoClassifier categorizes 50MB to 100MB of text per minute, approximating a 300-page novel per second, according to company officials. Both tools perform independently of language and can be used with European languages, Arabic and Chinese. Accuracy ranges from mid-60 percent to the high-90 percent range, according to officials.
Kofax—which is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and is a division of the DICOM Group plc.—expects to release a product incorporating Mohomine technology later this year. Mohomine, based in San Diego, will continue to license and support its products for current customers. Most Recent Stories by Lisa Vaas:
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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