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MSc Public Lecture - Yuyang Zhang (DSAS)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual - via Zoom

Title: Ranking comments: An Entropy-based Method with Word Embedding Clustering

Abstract: Automatically ranking comments by their relevance plays an important role in text mining and text summarization area.  In this thesis, firstly, we introduce a new text digitalization method: the bag of word clusters model. Unlike the traditional bag of words model that treats each word as an independent item, we group semantic-related words as clusters using pre-trained word2vec word embeddings and represent each comment as a distribution of word clusters. This method can extract both semantic and statistical information from the text.  Next, we propose an unsupervised ranking algorithm that identifies relevant comments by their distance to the ``ideal" comment. The ``ideal" comment is the maximum general entropy comment with respect to the global word cluster distribution. The intuition is that the ``ideal" comment highlights aspects of a product that many other comments frequently mention. Therefore, it can be regarded as a standard to judge a comment's relevance to this product. At last, we analyze our algorithm's performance on a real Amazon product.

Keywords: word embedding, word2vec, word cluster, the general entropy, the maximum general entropy comment, K-L divergence.

Miranda Fullerton

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