Financial Demands of Swiss Municipalities
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In this project, the goal was to discover Swiss municipalities
that might have a need for a credit. Project partner was a large
financial service provider who gives credits to public institutions
and organizations. To optimize their sales efforts, they wanted to
develop a software system that automatically aggregates and
evaluates publicly available data about all Swiss municipalities.
Based on these data, the system should generate a ranked list of
candidate municipalities that potentially have a need for a
During the project, we found a huge amount of valuable data sources: annual financial reports, changes in communal tax rates, tender for large construction projects, news reports about major tax payers etc. Part of the data was well-structured (e.g. Excel tables), but many documents were pure text – or even images of scanned documents. Hence, we used advanced technologies for text analytics to extract relevant information from these documents.