Aman Ahuja, Chandan Reddy


Online reviews have become an inevitable part of a consumer's decision making process, where the likelihood of purchase not only depends on the product's overall rating, but also on the description of its aspects. Therefore, e-commerce websites such as Amazon and Walmart constantly encourage users to write good quality re- views and categorically summarize different facets of the products. However, despite such attempts, it takes a significant effort to skim through thousands of reviews and look for answers that address the query of consumers. For example, a gamer might be interested in buying a monitor with fast refresh rates and support for Gsync and Freesync technologies, while a photographer might be interested in aspects such as color depth and accuracy. To address these chal- lenges, in this paper, we propose a generative aspect summarization model called APSUM that is capable of providing fine-grained sum- maries of online reviews. To overcome the inherent problem of aspect sparsity, we impose dual constraints: (a) a spike-and-slab prior over the document-topic distribution and (b) a linguistic su- pervision over the word-topic distribution. Using a rigorous set of experiments, we show that the proposed model is capable of out- performing the state-of-the-art aspect summarization model over a variety of datasets and deliver intuitive fine-grained summaries that could simplify the purchase decisions of consumers.

Vineeth Rakesh, Weicong Ding, Aman Ahuja, Nikhil Rao, Yifan Sun, Chandan K. Reddy: A Sparse Topic Model for Extracting Aspect-Specific Summaries from Online Reviews. WWW 2018: 1573-1582


Chandan Reddy

Aman Ahuja

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Date of publication:
April 10, 2018
World Wide Web conference
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