Section: New Software and Platforms



Keywords: product comparison matrix - tabular data - comparison

Scientific Description

Product comparison matrices (PCMs) are tabular data: supported and unsupported features are documented for both describing the product itself and for discriminating one product compared to another. PCMs abound and constitute a rich source of knowledge for easily comparing and choosing product. Yet the current practice is suboptimal both for humans and computers, mainly due to unclear semantics, heterogeneous forms of data, and lack of dedicated support.

OpenCompare.org is a project for the collaborative edition, the sharing, the standardisation, and the open exploitation of PCMs. The goal of OpenCompare.org is to provide an integrated set of tools (e.g., APIs, visualizations, configurators, editors) for democratizing their creation, import, maintenance, and exploitation.

MatrixMiner is also part of opencompare. It is a tool for automatically synthesizing PCMs from a set of product descriptions written in natural language. MatrixMiner is capable of identifying and organizing features and values in a PCM despite the informality and absence of structure in the textual descriptions of products. More information here: https://matrix-miner.variability.io/