Email Classification Model for Workflow Management Systems


  • Takorn PREXAWANPRASUT College of Innovative Technology and Engineering, Dhurakij Pundit University, Bangkok 10210
  • Piyanuch CHAIPORNKAEW College of Innovative Technology and Engineering, Dhurakij Pundit University, Bangkok 10210


Business operations, startup business, import/export field, email, business data, workflow management system, business transactions, migrating


The researchers observed and studied the business operations of 3 startup businesses in the export/import field. It was found that employees and their clients mostly communicate via email. Therefore, crucial business data are conveyed in email contents. Whenever employees need to find information, the first place they look for such data is email. The owners of businesses are concerned about this issue, so they proposed to buy a new workflow management system to help in managing their business transactions. The difficulty of implementing the new workflow management system is in migrating existing emails into the system. A new workflow management system should also be able to classify any incoming emails into categories. The researchers noticed that there were some keywords that frequently occurred in email contents in the same categories. Therefore, the researchers implemented a program to categorize the emails based on the words found in email messages. There are 2 parameters which affect the accuracy of the program. The first parameter is the number of words in a database compared to the sample emails. The second parameter is an acceptable percentage to classify emails. The results of this research demonstrated that the number of words in a database compared to the sample emails should be 9, and the acceptable percentage to categorize emails should be 30 %. When this rule was applied to categorize 8,751 emails, the accuracy of this experiment was approximately 73.6 %. The next phase is to order emails in each category based on their characteristics. Finally, the program extracts essential data from structured emails and prepares them for the new workflow management system.


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How to Cite

PREXAWANPRASUT, T., & CHAIPORNKAEW, P. (2017). Email Classification Model for Workflow Management Systems. Walailak Journal of Science and Technology (WJST), 14(10), 783–790. Retrieved from