WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A team of students from Wake Forest University took second place in an international text mining competition sponsored by NASA.

The first Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Text Mining Competition took place recently in Minnesota. A team from Canada took first place, and a team from Iran finished third.

The Wake Forest team made up of computer science students included: Edward Allan, Michael Horvath, Christopher Kopek, Brian Lamb and Thomas Whaples.

The challenge was to see which team could identify and label hidden patterns of information in a large database of aviation safety documents. Members of the Intelligent Data Understanding group at the NASA Ames Research Center served as judges.