Web Intelligence, IEEE / WIC / ACM International Conference on (2005)
Compi?gne University of Technology, France
Sept. 19, 2005 to Sept. 22, 2005
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/WI.2005.29
Leonardo Rigutini , Università di Siena
Marco Maggini , Università di Siena
Bing Liu , University of Illinois at Chicago
Due to the globalization on the Web, many companies and institutions need to efficiently organize and search repositories containing multilingual documents. The management of these heterogeneous text collections increases the costs significantly because experts of different languages are required to organize these collections. Cross-Language Text Categorization can provide techniques to extend existing automatic classification systems in one language to new languages without requiring additional intervention of human experts. In this paper we propose a learning algorithm based on the EM scheme which can be used to train text classifiers in a multilingual environment. In particular, in the proposed approach, we assume that a predefined category set and a collection of labeled training data is available for a given language L₁. A classifier for a different language L₂ is trained by translating the available labeled training set for L₁ to L₂ and by using an additional set of unlabeled documents from L₂. This technique allows us to extract correct statistical properties of the language L₂ which are not completely available in automatically translated examples, because of the different characteristics of language L₁ and of the approximation of the translation process. Our experimental results show that the performance of the proposed method is very promising when applied on a test document set extracted from newsgroups in English and Italian.
B. Liu, M. Maggini and L. Rigutini, "An EM Based Training Algorithm for Cross-Language Text Categorization," Proceedings. The 2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence(WI), Compiegne, France, 2005, pp. 529-535.