Crash narrative classification: Identifying agricultural crashes using machine learning with curated keywords. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: Traditionally, structured or coded data fields from a crash report are the basis for identifying crashes involving different types of vehicles, such as farm equipment. However, using only the structured data can lead to misclassification of vehicle or crash type. The objective of the current article is to examine the use of machine learning methods for identifying agricultural crashes based on the crash narrative and to transfer the application of models to different settings (e.g., future years of data, other states). METHODS: Different data representations (e.g., bag-of-words [BoW], bag-of-keywords [BoK]) and document classification algorithms (e.g., support vector machine [SVM], multinomial nave Bayes classifier [MNB]) were explored using Texas and Louisiana crash narratives across different time periods. RESULTS: The BoK-support vector classifier (SVC), BoK-MNB, and BoW-SVC models trained with Texas data were better predictive models than the baseline rule-based algorithm on the future year test data, with F1 scores of 0.88, 0.89, 0.85 vs. 0.84. The BoK-MNB trained with Louisiana data performed the closest to the baseline rule-based algorithm on the future year test data (F1 scores, 0.91 baseline rule-based algorithm vs. 0.89 BoK-MNB). The BoK-SVC and BoK-MNB models trained with Texas and Louisiana data were better productive models for Texas future year test data with F1 scores 0.89 and 0.90 vs. 0.84. The BoK-MNB model trained with both states' data was a better predictive model for the Louisiana future year test data, F1 score 0.94 vs. 0.91. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study support that machine learning methodologies can potentially reduce the amount of human power required to develop key word lists and manually review narratives.

published proceedings

  • Traffic Inj Prev

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, J., Trueblood, A. B., Kum, H., & Shipp, E. M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Jisung||Trueblood, Amber Brooke||Kum, Hye-Chung||Shipp, Eva M

publication date

  • January 2021