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Automated text classification has been considered as a vital method to manage and process a vast amount of documents in digital forms that are widespread and continuously increasing. In general, text classification plays an important role in information extraction and summarization, text retrieval, and question-answering. This paper illustrates the text classification process using machine learning techniques. The references cited cover the major theoretical issues and guide the researcher to interesting research directions.
Text Classification Using Machine Learning Techniques
Department of Mathematics
University of Patras, GREECE
Department of Mathematics
University of Patras, GREECE
Technological Educational
Institute of Patras, GREECE
Abstract: Automated text classification has been considered as a vital method to manage and process a vast
amount of documents in digital forms that are widespread and continuously increasing. In general, text
classification plays an important role in information extraction and summarization, text retrieval, and question-
answering. This paper illustrates the text classification process using machine learning techniques. The
references cited cover the major theoretical issues and guide the researcher to interesting research directions.
Key-Words: text mining, learning algorithms, feature selection, text representation
1 Introduction
Automatic text classification has always been an
important application and research topic since the
inception of digital documents. Today, text
classification is a necessity due to the very large
amount of text documents that we have to deal with
In general, text classification includes topic based
text classification and text genre-based
classification. Topic-based text categorization
classifies documents according to their topics [33].
Texts can also be written in many genres, for
instance: scientific articles, news reports, movie
reviews, and advertisements. Genre is defined on
the way a text was created, the way it was edited,
the register of language it uses, and the kind of
audience to whom it is addressed. Previous work on
genre classification recognized that this task differs
from topic-based categorization [13].
Typically, most data for genre classification are
collected from the web, through newsgroups,
bulletin boards, and broadcast or printed news.
They are multi-source, and consequently have
different formats, different preferred vocabularies
and often significantly different writing styles even
for documents within one genre. Namely, the data
are heterogenous.
Intuitively Text Classification is the task of
classifying a document under a predefined
category. More formally, if
d is a document of the
entire set of documents
, ,...,
cc c is the
set of all the categories, then text classification
assigns one category
c to a document
d .
As in every supervised machine learning task, an
initial dataset is needed. A document may be
assigned to more than one category (Ranking
Classification), but in this paper only researches on
Hard Categorization (assigning a single category to
each document) are taken into consideration.
Moreover, approaches, that take into consideration
other information besides the pure text, such as
hierarchical structure of the texts or date of
publication, are not presented. This is because the
main issue of this paper is to present techniques
that exploit the most of the text of each document
and perform best under this condition.
Sebastiani gave an excellent review of text
classification domain [25]. Thus, in this work apart
from the brief description of the text classification
we refer to some more recent works than those in
Sebastiani’s article as well as few articles that were
not referred by Sebastiani. In Figure 1 is given the
graphical representation of the Text Classification
Fig. 1. Text Classification Process
The task of constructing a classifier for
documents does not differ a lot from other tasks of
Machine Learning. The main issue is the
representation of a document [16]. In Section 2 the
document representation is presented. One
particularity of the text categorization problem is
Vector Representation of
Feature Selection and/or
Feature Transformation
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that the number of features (unique words or
phrases) can easily reach orders of tens of
thousands. This raises big hurdles in applying many
sophisticated learning algorithms to the text
Thus dimension reduction methods are called for.
Two possibilities exist, either selecting a subset of
the original features [3], or transforming the
features into new ones, that is, computing new
features as some functions of the old ones [10]. We
examine both in turn in Section 3 and Section 4.
After the previous steps a Machine Learning
algorithm can be applied. Some algorithms have
been proven to perform better in Text Classification
tasks and are more often used; such as Support
Vector Machines. A brief description of recent
modification of learning algorithms in order to be
applied in Text Classification is given in Section 5.
There are a number of methods to evaluate the
performance of a machine learning algorithms in
Text Classification. Most of these methods are
described in Section 6. Some open problems are
mentioned in the last section.
2 Vector space document
A document is a sequence of words [16]. So each
document is usually represented by an array of
words. The set of all the words of a training set is
called vocabulary, or feature set. So a document
can be presented by a binary vector, assigning the
value 1 if the document contains the feature-word
or 0 if the word does not appear in the document.
This can be translated as positioning a document in
space, were V denotes the size of the
V .
Not all of the words presented in a document can
be used in order to train the classifier [19]. There
are useless words such as auxiliary verbs,
conjunctions and articles. These words are called
stopwords. There exist many lists of such words
which are removed as a preprocess task. This is
done because these words appear in most of the
Stemming is another common preprocessing step.
In order to reduce the size of the initial feature set
is to remove misspelled or words with the same
stem. A stemmer (an algorithm which performs
stemming), removes words with the same stem and
keeps the stem or the most common of them as
feature. For example, the words “train”, “training”,
“trainer” and “trains” can be replaced with “train”.
Although stemming is considered by the Text
Classification community to amplify the classifiers
performance, there are some doubts on the actual
importance of aggressive stemming, such as
performed by the Porter Stemmer [25].
An ancillary feature engineering choice is the
representation of the feature value [16]. Often a
Boolean indicator of whether the word occurred in
the document is sufficient. Other possibilities
include the count of the number of times the word
occurred in the document, the frequency of its
occurrence normalized by the length of the
document, the count normalized by the inverse
document frequency of the word. In situations
where the document length varies widely, it may be
important to normalize the counts. Further, in short
documents words are unlikely to repeat, making
Boolean word indicators nearly as informative as
counts. This yields a great savings in training
resources and in the search space of the induction
algorithm. It may otherwise try to discretize each
feature optimally, searching over the number of
bins and each bin’s threshold.
Most of the text categorization algorithms in the
literature represent documents as collections of
words. An alternative which has not been
sufficiently explored is the use of word meanings,
also known as senses. Kehagias et al. using several
algorithms, they compared the categorization
accuracy of classifiers based on words to that of
classifiers based on senses [12]. The document
collection on which this comparison took place is a
subset of the annotated Brown Corpus semantic
concordance. A series of experiments indicated that
the use of senses does not result in any significant
categorization improvement.
3 Feature Selection
The aim of feature-selection methods is the
reduction of the dimensionality of the dataset by
removing features that are considered irrelevant for
the classification [6]. This transformation
procedure has been shown to present a number of
advantages, including smaller dataset size, smaller
computational requirements for the text
categorization algorithms (especially those that do
not scale well with the feature set size) and
considerable shrinking of the search space. The
goal is the reduction of the curse of dimensionality
to yield improved classification accuracy. Another
benefit of feature selection is its tendency to reduce
overfitting, i.e. the phenomenon by which a
classifier is tuned also to the contingent
characteristics of the training data rather than the
constitutive characteristics of the categories, and
therefore, to increase generalization.
Methods for feature subset selection for text
document classification task use an evaluation
function that is applied to a single word [27].
Scoring of individual words (Best Individual
Features) can be performed using some of the
measures, for instance, document frequency, term
frequency, mutual information, information gain,
odds ratio, χ
statistic and term strength [3], [30],
[6], [28], [27]. What is common to all of these
feature-scoring methods is that they conclude by
ranking the features by their independently
determined scores, and then select the top scoring
features. The most common metrics are presented
in Table 1. The symbolisms that are presented in
Table 1 are described in Table 2.
On the contrary with Best Individual Features
(BIF) methods, sequential forward selection (SFS)
methods firstly select the best single word
evaluated by given criterion [20]; then, add one
word at a time until the number of selected words
reaches desired k words. SFS methods do not result
in the optimal words subset but they take note of
dependencies between words as opposed to the BIF
methods. Therefore SFS often give better results
than BIF. However, SFS are not usually used in
text classification because of their computation cost
due to large vocabulary size.
Forman has present benchmark comparison of 12
metrics on well known training sets [6]. According
to Forman, BNS performed best by wide margin
using 500 to 1000 features, while Information Gain
outperforms the other metrics when the features
vary between 20 and 50. Accuracy 2 performed
equally well as Information Gain. Concerning the
performance of chi-square, it was consistently
worse the Information Gain. Since there is no
metric that performs constantly better than all
others, researchers often combine two metrics in
order to benefit from both metrics [6].
Novovicova et al. used SFS that took into
account, not only the mutual information between a
class and a word but also between a class and two
words [22]. The results were slightly better.
Although machine learning based text
classification is a good method as far as
performance is concerned, it is inefficient for it to
handle the very large training corpus. Thus, apart
from feature selection, many times instance
selection is needed.
Metrics mathematical forms
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log | log | | log |
mm m
ii i i i i
ii i
Gt Pc Pc Pt Pc t Pc t Pt Pc t Pc t
== =
=− + +
Gain Ratio
() ( )
() ()
ii kk
GR t c
Pc Pc
| | , ,...,
DF t P t=
tf f d
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#, #, #, #, #, #, #,
ij ij ij ij
ij ij ij ij ij ij i
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cf cf cf cf cf cf c
|st Pt yt x
Metrics mathematical forms
WOddsRatio w P w OddsRatio w
|1 |
1| |
ij i j
ij i j
Pfc Pf c
OddsRatio f c
Pfc Pf c
LogProbRatio w
Pw c
() ()
Factor (CRF)
#, /#
ij j
CRF f c
,|1|OddsNum w c P w c P w c=−¬
Pr |
Pw c
||FPwc FPwc
1| 1|
Pw c Pwc−¬
,log log
DF w c
DF w db c
,log log
dbDF w c
DF w db c
,log log
DF w c
DF w db
using Term
,log log
dbTF w c
TF w db c
Weight of
evidence for
() () ()
() ( )
Pc w Pc
Weight w P c P w
Pc Pc w
Table 1. Feature Selection metrics
c a class of the training set
C the set of classes of the training set
d a document of the training set
D or db the set of documents of the training set
t or w a term or word
Pc or
the probability of the class c or
c respectively How often the class appears in the
training set
Pc¬ or
the probability of the class not occurring
the probability of the class c given that the term t appears Respectively,
denotes the probability of class c not occurring, given that the term t appears
the probability of the class c and term t occurring simultaneously
the entropy of the set C
DF t the document frequency of term
DF t
the frequency of term t in documents containing t in every of their n splits
DF t
the document frequency, taking into consideration only documents in which t appears
more than once
# c or
# t
the number of documents which belong to class or respectively contain the term t
the number of documents containing term t and belong to class c
Table 2. Symbolisms
Guan and Zhou proposed a training-corpus
pruning based approach to speedup the process [8].
By using this approach, the size of training corpus
can be reduced significantly while classification
performance can be kept at a level close to that of
without training documents pruning according to
their experiments.
Fragoudis et al. [7] integrated Feature and
Instance Selection for Text Classification with even
better results.
Their method works in two steps. In
the first step, their method sequentially selects
features that have high precision in predicting the
target class. All documents that do not contain at
least one such feature are dropped from the training
set. In the second step, their method searches
within this subset of the initial dataset for a set of
features that tend to predict the complement of the
target class and these features are also selected. The
sum of the features selected during these two steps
is the new feature set and the documents selected
from the first step comprise the training set
4 Feature Transformation
Feature Transformation varies significantly from
Feature Selection approaches, but like them its
purpose is to reduce the feature set size [10]. This
approach does not weight terms in order to discard
the lower weighted but compacts the vocabulary
based on feature concurrencies.
Principal Component Analysis is a well known
method for feature transformation [38]. Its aim is to
learn a discriminative transformation matrix in
order to reduce the initial feature space into a lower
dimensional feature space in order to reduce the
complexity of the classification task without any
trade-off in accuracy. The transform is derived
from the eigenvectors corresponding. The
covariance matrix of data in PCA corresponds to
the document term matrix multiplied by its
transpose. Entries in the covariance matrix
represent co-occurring terms in the documents.
Eigenvectors of this matrix corresponding to the
dominant eigenvalues are now directions related to
dominant combinations can be called “topics” or
“semantic concepts”. A transform matrix
constructed from these eigenvectors projects a
document onto these “latent semantic concepts”,
and the new low dimensional representation
consists of the magnitudes of these projections. The
eigenanalysis can be computed efficiently by a
sparse variant of singular value decomposition of
the document-term matrix [11].
In the information retrieval community this
method has been named Latent Semantic Indexing
(LSI) [23]. This approach is not intuitive
discernible for a human but has a good
Qiang et al [37] performed experiments using k-
NN LSI, a new combination of the standard k-NN
method on top of LSI, and applying a new matrix
decomposition algorithm, Semi-Discrete Matrix
Decomposition, to decompose the vector matrix.
The Experimental results showed that text
categorization effectiveness in this space was better
and it was also computationally less costly, because
it needed a lower dimensional space.
The authors of [4] present a comparison of the
performance of a number of text categorization
methods in two different data sets. In particular,
they evaluate the Vector and LSI methods, a
classifier based on Support Vector Machines
(SVM) and the k-Nearest Neighbor variations of
the Vector and LSI models. Their results show that
overall, SVMs and k-NN LSI perform better than
the other methods, in a statistically significant way.
5 Machine learning algorithms
After feature selection and transformation the
documents can be easily represented in a form that
can be used by a ML algorithm. Many text
classifiers have been proposed in the literature
using machine learning techniques, probabilistic
models, etc. They often differ in the approach
adopted: decision trees, naıve-Bayes, rule
induction, neural networks, nearest neighbors, and
lately, support vector machines. Although many
approaches have been proposed, automated text
classification is still a major area of research
primarily because the effectiveness of current
automated text classifiers is not faultless and still
needs improvement.
Naive Bayes is often used in text classification
applications and experiments because of its
simplicity and effectiveness [14]. However, its
performance is often degraded because it does not
model text well. Schneider addressed the problems
and show that they can be solved by some simple
corrections [24]. Klopotek and Woch presented
results of empirical evaluation of a Bayesian
multinet classifier based on a new method of
learning very large tree-like Bayesian networks
[15]. The study suggests that tree-like Bayesian
networks are able to handle a text classification
task in one hundred thousand variables with
sufficient speed and accuracy.
Support vector machines (SVM), when applied to
text classification provide excellent precision, but
poor recall. One means of customizing SVMs to
improve recall, is to adjust the threshold associated
with an SVM. Shanahan and Roma described an
automatic process for adjusting the thresholds of
generic SVM [26] with better results.
Johnson et al. described a fast decision tree
construction algorithm that takes advantage of the
sparsity of text data, and a rule simplification
method that converts the decision tree into a
logically equivalent rule set [9].
Lim proposed a method which improves
performance of kNN based text classification by
using well estimated parameters [18]. Some
variants of the kNN method with different decision
functions, k values, and feature sets were proposed
and evaluated to find out adequate parameters.
Corner classification (CC) network is a kind of
feed forward neural network for instantly document
classification. A training algorithm, named as
TextCC is presented in [34].
The level of difficulty of text classification tasks
naturally varies. As the number of distinct classes
increases, so does the difficulty, and therefore the
size of the training set needed. In any multi-class
text classification task, inevitably some classes will
be more difficult than others to classify. Reasons
for this may be: (1) very few positive training
examples for the class, and/or (2) lack of good
predictive features for that class.
When training a binary classifier per category in
text categorization, we use all the documents in the
training corpus that belong to that category as
relevant training data and all the documents in the
training corpus that belong to all the other
categories as non-relevant training data. It is often
the case that there is an overwhelming number of
non relevant training documents especially when
there is a large collection of categories with each
assigned to a small number of documents, which is
typically an “imbalanced data problem". This
problem presents a particular challenge to
classification algorithms, which can achieve high
accuracy by simply classifying every example as
negative. To overcome this problem, cost sensitive
learning is needed [5].
A scalability analysis of a number of classifiers
in text categorization is given in [32]. Vinciarelli
presents categorization experiments performed over
noisy texts [31]. By noisy it is meant any text
obtained through an extraction process (affected by
errors) from media other than digital texts (e.g.
transcriptions of speech recordings extracted with a
recognition system). The performance of the
categorization system over the clean and noisy
(Word Error Rate between ~10 and ~50 percent)
versions of the same documents is compared. The
noisy texts are obtained through Handwriting
Recognition and simulation of Optical Character
Recognition. The results show that the performance
loss is acceptable.
Other authors [36] also proposed to parallelize
and distribute the process of text classification.
With such a procedure, the performance of
classifiers can be improved in both accuracy and
time complexity.
Recently in the area of Machine Learning the
concept of combining classifiers is proposed as a
new direction for the improvement of the
performance of individual classifiers. Numerous
methods have been suggested for the creation of
ensemble of classifiers. Mechanisms that are used
to build ensemble of classifiers include: i) Using
different subset of training data with a single
learning method, ii) Using different training
parameters with a single training method (e.g. using
different initial weights for each neural network in
an ensemble), iii) Using different learning methods.
In the context of combining multiple classifiers
for text categorization, a number of researchers
have shown that combining different classifiers can
improve classification accuracy [1], [29].
Comparison between the best individual classifier
and the combined method, it is observed that the
performance of the combined method is superior
[2]. Nardiello et al. [21] also proposed algorithms
in the family of "boosting"-based learners for
automated text classification with good results.
6 Evaluation
There are various methods to determine
effectiveness; however, precision, recall, and
accuracy are most often used. To determine these,
one must first begin by understanding if the
classification of a document was a true positive
(TP), false positive (FP), true negative (TN), or
false negative (FN) (see Table 3).
TP Determined as a document being classified
correctly as relating to a category.
FP Determined as a document that is said to be
related to the category incorrectly.
FN Determined as a document that is not marked
as related to a category but should be.
TN Documents that should not be marked as being
in a particular category and are not.
Table 3. Classification of a document
Precision (π
) is determined as the conditional
probability that a random document d is classified
under c
, or what would be deemed the correct
category. It represents the classifiers ability to place
a document as being under the correct category as
opposed to all documents place in that category,
both correct and incorrect:
Recall (ρ
) is defined as the probability that, if a
random document d
should be classified under
category (c
), this decision is taken.
Accuracy is commonly used as a measure for
categorization techniques. Accuracy values,
however, are much less reluctant to variations in
the number of correct decisions than precision and
Many times there are very few instances of the
interesting category in text categorization. This
overrepresentation of the negative class in
information retrieval problems can cause problems
in evaluating classifiers' performances using
accuracy. Since accuracy is not a good metric for
skewed datasets, the classification performance of
algorithms in this case is measured by precision
and recall [5].
Furthermore, precision and recall are often
combined in order to get a better picture of the
performance of the classifier. This is done by
combining them in the following formula:
where π and ρ denote presicion and recall
respectively. β is a positive parameter, which
represents the goal of the evaluation task. If
presicion is considered to be more important that
recall, then the value of β converges to zero. On the
other hand, if recall is more important than
presicion then β converges to infinity. Usually β is
set to 1, because in this way equal importance is
given to each presicion and recall.
Reuters Corpus Volume I (RCV1) is an archive
of over 800,000 manually categorized newswire
stories recently made available by Reuters, Ltd. for
research purposes [17]. Using this collection, we
can compare the learning algorithms.
Although research in the pass years had shown
that training corpus could impact classification
performance, little work was done to explore the
underlying causes. The authors of [35] try to
propose an approach to build semi-automatically
high-quality training corpuses for better
classification performance by first exploring the
properties of training corpuses, and then giving an
algorithm for constructing training corpuses semi-
7 Conclusion
The text classification problem is an Artificial
Intelligence research topic, especially given the
vast number of documents available in the form of
web pages and other electronic texts like emails,
discussion forum postings and other electronic
It has observed that even for a specified
classification method, classification performances
of the classifiers based on different training text
corpuses are different; and in some cases such
differences are quite substantial. This observation
implies that a) classifier performance is relevant to
its training corpus in some degree, and b) good or
high quality training corpuses may derive
classifiers of good performance. Unfortunately, up
to now little research work in the literature has been
seen on how to exploit training text corpuses to
improve classifier’s performance.
Some important conclusions have not been
reached yet, including:
Which feature selection methods are both
computationally scalable and high-performing
across classifiers and collections? Given the
high variability of text collections, do such
methods even exist?
Would combining uncorrelated, but well-
performing methods yield a performance
Change the thinking from word frequency
based vector space to concepts based vector
space. Study the methodology of feature
selection under concepts, to see if these will
help in text categorization.
Make the dimensionality reduction more
efficient over large corpus.
Moreover, there are other two open problems in
text mining: polysemy, synonymy. Polysemy refers
to the fact that a word can have multiple meanings.
Distinguishing between different meanings of a
word (called word sense disambiguation) is not
easy, often requiring the context in which the word
appears. Synonymy means that different words can
have the same or similar meaning.
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