This project involves classifying ecommerce companies.
The US Census will be collecting data on ecommerce companies in the next
Census of Manufacturing. They are interested in adding enough classifications
to the North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) to accomodate
these new businesses. The purpose of this homework is twofold:
1) to help the US Census see how users react to the new categories; 2)
to help give the class a sense for the types of new businesses that are
Business: lays out the problem
NAICS page: at
explains the principles of NAICS
the full NAICS
NAICS 2002: the proposed additions to NAICS
Examples from Hoovers Online: set
of test cases
to classify: see weeks 3 and 4 in particular.
Questionaire: for feedback about the process
Assignment start date: March xx, 2000
Assignment due date: March xx, 2000
Each group will assign the test cases to the NAICS categories using
the principles outlined in the above documents.
Each group will also fill out the questionaire.
Project groups will be graded based the quality of their classification,
along with the answers to the questionaire.