Ting Hua, Chandan Reddy


Probabilistic topic models, which can discover hidden patterns in documents, have been extensively studied. However, rather than learning from a single document collection, numerous real-world applications demand a comprehensive understanding of the relationships among various document sets. To address such needs, this article proposes a new model that can identify the common and discriminative aspects of multiple datasets. Specifically, our proposed method is a Bayesian approach that represents each document as a combination of common topics (shared across all document sets) and distinctive topics (distributions over words that are exclusive to a particular dataset). Through extensive experiments, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our method compared with state-of-the-art models. The proposed model can be useful for “comparative thinking” analysis in real-world document collections.


Ting Hua

Chandan Reddy

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March 4, 2020
ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD)
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Ting Hua, Chang-Tien Lu, Jaegul Choo, Chandan K. Reddy: Probabilistic Topic Modeling for Comparative Analysis of Document Collections. ACM Trans. Knowl. Discov. Data 14(2): 24:1-24:27 (2020)