• Semantic search
  • text mining
  • agile software development

Two of our employees passed their ISTQB exam

Tue 10 February, 2015

We are proud to announce that two of our emplyoees - Tünde Molnár and Gábor István Kulcsár - passed their ISTQB CTFL exam on January 30th, 2015.

Software testing as a profession and the related ISTQB certification is increasingly popular around the world. The International Software Testing Qualification Board was founded in Belgium in 2002 - involving highly regarded testing professionals - for the purpose of creating a basic, fundamental set of 'testing regulations' that can be applied in software testing all around the world.

Congratulations to them!

We speak English!

Tue 9 December, 2014

We really do speak English, so we are ready to work with you too. Our CEO has a 10.0 on Duolingo Test Center, and the team has a 6.87 average score.

We were sponsoring Stretch Leadership Conference

Tue 9 December, 2014

We were a proud sponsor of Stretch Leadership Conference, what was a leadership and management conference.

We did so, because we firmly believe its tag line: "Great teams are built of great people". This is how we want to build a great software development team!

You can relive the event by watching the presentations online: Stretch presentations

 

NLP and product development presentation @ CEU MicroData

Fri 21 November, 2014

Yesterday, our computational linguist, Zoltan Varju, was the guest of the MicroData research group at the Central European University. Zoltan talked about how we work on data driven R&D projects at Precognox and attended the group’s regular lunch where members of the team shared their thoughts on on-going projects. We are working with the research group on kozbeszerzes.ceu.hu, the searchable database of Hungarian procurement data since last year and it was exciting to see how an academic research group works on data driven projects. You can find the slides of the presentation on our Hungarian blog.

CEU: Feedback from a satisfied customer

Fri 25 April, 2014

"CEU MicroData is a team consisting of lecturers, PhD students and researchers of the Central European University. We analyse company and personal data for a better understanding of economical growth, international trade, company network, political connections and corruption.

Using our web application at kozbeszerzes.ceu.eu, we would like add more transparency to spending public moneys. Based on Open Data principles, we created an easy-to-search and browse, downloadable interface for the announcements of the - also open - Közbeszerzési Értesítő [Public Procurement Bulletin].

The archive of Közbeszerzési Értesítő  - consisting of over 140,000 text bulletins between 1997 and 2013 - contained the information we needed - e.g. the announcer, the winner and the amount of the procurements - in a semi-structured form only. Moreover, the format of the bulletins kept changing from year to year. Being a small research group only, we could not process all the data ourselves. We were looking for a company that was able to build a structured database from text files, meeting all data-quality criteria in a short time-span. That is why we chose Precognox.

Precognox was already pleasant to cooperate with during the specification of the task and signing the contract. Following a personal needs analysis, together, we designed the schematics of the future database, the value and the method to monitor data quality. After rendering the documents into a uniform scheme we asked them to validate a number of data fields, i.e. amounts, dates, company names and addresses.

The product - shipped on deadline - exceeded our expectations. The accuracy of each data field was measured between 89 and 95 per cent, i.e. the value of correspondence between the ones entered by our researchers and the ones found and validated by the algorithm of Precognox - in a random pattern of a hundred items. We had never thought such accuracy was possible by automatic processing only.

They answered our further questions fast and flexibly, as a real, agile team. We would be happy to rely on their services in the future, too."

Miklós Koren: Teacher of the Central European University and a researcher of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research field is economical growth and international trade. His scientific findings were published in leading international papers. His research on knowledge transfer is supported by the European Research Council. He co-edits defacto.io, an information site and blog on economics.

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