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1 Machine Learning (ML) Classification Tim Humphrey LexisNexis 21 June 2001

2 A little scientific humor This atom says to his friend, "I'm really upset, I've just lost an electron." His friend says to him, "Are you sure?" "Yeah," he replies. "I'm Positive. ____________________________________________________________________________ How many weeks are there in a light year?

3 Overview Preface Definition of ML Classifier You as an ML Classifier A little math Examples of ML algorithms How well do ML classifiers work? Advantages & Disadvantages Uses of ML classifiers Challenges Q & A

4 Preface Mark talked about ways to make rules that classify documents. Examples of companies that have such systems are: LexisNexis Verity SmartLogic Interwoven Machine Learning is another way of getting computers to classify documents. Machine learning is normally not rule based. Instead, it is normally statistically based.

5 Definition of ML Classifier Definition of Machine Learning from dictionary.com The ability of a machine to improve its performance based on previous results. So, machine learning document classification is the ability of a machine to improve its document classification performance based on previous results of document classification.

6 You as an ML Classifier Topic 1 words: baseball, owners, sports, selig, ball, bill, indians, isringhausen, mets, minors, players, specter, stadium, power, send, new, bud, comes, compassion, game, headaches, lite, nfl, powerful, strawberry, urges, home, ambassadors, building, calendar, commish, costs, day, dolan, drive, hits, league, little, match, payments, pitch, play, player, red, stadiums, umpire, wife, youth, field, leads Topic 2 words: merger, business, bank, buy, announces, new, acquisition, finance, companies, com, company, disclosure, emm, news, us, acquire, chemical, inc, results, shares, takeover, corporation, european, financial, investment, market, quarter, two, acquires, bancorp, bids, communications, first, mln, purchase, record, stake, west, sale, bid, bn, brief, briefs, capital, control, europe, inculab

7 Use the previous slides topics & related words to classify the following titles 1.CYBEX-Trotter merger creates fitness equipment powerhouse 2.WSU RECRUIT CHOOSES BASEBALL INSTEAD OF FOOTBALL 3.FCC chief says merger may help pre-empt Internet regulation 4.Vision of baseball stadium growing 5.Regency Realty Corporation Completes Acquisition Of Branch properties 6.Red Sox to punish All-Star scalpers 7.Canadian high-tech firm poised to make $415-million acquisition 8.Futures-selling hits the Footsie for six 9.A'S NOTEBOOK; Another Young Arm Called Up 10.All-American SportPark Reaches Agreement for Release of Corporate Guarantees

8 Titles & Their Classifications 1.(2) CYBEX-Trotter merger creates fitness equipment powerhouse 2.(1) WSU RECRUIT CHOOSES BASEBALL INSTEAD OF FOOTBALL 3.(2) FCC chief says merger may help pre-empt Internet regulation 4.(1) Vision of baseball stadium growing 5.(2) Regency Realty Corporation Completes Acquisition Of Branch properties 6.(1) Red Sox to punish All-Star scalpers 7.(2) Canadian high-tech firm poised to make $415- million acquisition 8.(2) Futures-selling hits the Footsie for six 9.(1) A'S NOTEBOOK; Another Young Arm Called Up 10.(1) All-American SportPark Reaches Agreement for Release of Corporate Guarantees

9 The Salary Theorem Mathematic Proof of: The less you know, the more you make. 1.Knowledge is Power 2.Time is Money 3.Power = Work / Time 4.Knowledge = Work/Money Solving for Money, we get: 5.Money = Work / Knowledge. Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done. Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.

10 A little math Canadian high-tech firm poised to make $415-million acquisition 1.Estimate the probablity of a word in a topic by dividing the number of times the word appeared in the topics training set by the total number of word occurrences in the topics training set. 2.For each topic,T, sum the probability of finding each word of the title in a title that is classified as T. 3.The title is classified as the topic with the largest sum. Titles evidence of being in Topic 2= Titles evidence of being in Topic 1= Canadian 1 0: high 0 0: tech 2 0: firm 1 0 poised 0 0: make 0 0: million 4 4: acquisition 10 0 # of words in Topic2 = 1563 # of words in Topic1 = 429

11 Examples of ML algorithms Naïve Bayes – This method computes the probability that a document is about a particular topic, T, using a) the words of the document to be classified and b) the estimated probability of each of these words as they appeared in the set of training documents for the topic, T – like the example previously given. Neural networks – During training, a neural network looks at the patterns of features (e.g. words, phrases, or N-grams) that appear in a document of the training set and attempts to produce classifications for the document. If its attempt doesnt match the set of desired classifications, it adjusts the weights of the connections between neurons. It repeats this process until the attempted classifications match the desired classifications. Instance based – Saves documents of the training set and compares new documents to be classified with the saved documents. The document to be classified gets tagged with the highest scoring classifications. One way to do this is to implement a search engine using the documents of the training set as the document collection. A document to be classified becomes a query/search. A classification, C, is picked if a large number of its training set documents are at the top of the returned answer set.

12 How well do ML classifiers work? A good system will have an accuracy of above 80%. Strong evidence of how good these systems are is the number of companies in the market place with machine learning document classification systems. Example are: Semio, Inxight, Purple Yogi, Hummingbird, Autonomy, Inc., Dophin Search, Textology Inc., …

13 Advantages & Disadvantages Advantage over classification by humans: Once the system is trained, classification is done automatically with no or little human intervention – saving human resources. Advantage over classification by humans: Consistent classification. Advantage over rule based classification: Human resources are not needed to make rules. Disadvantage: Not always obvious why it classified a document in a certain way and not obvious how to keep it from doing the same type of classification in the future (i.e. dont know how to modify it.) Disadvantage: Human resources must be used to manually classify documents for the training set. Furthermore, the number and type of document that should be in the training set isnt straightforward.

14 Uses of ML classifiers Automatically classify documents. Suggest classifications that a human can pick from. Classify paragraphs or even sentences. Find important information in a document. For example, rules of law in a case law document, or the facts of the case.

15 Challenges Labeling the documents of the training set. What is the best way to pick documents for the training set so the machine- learning algorithm produces a classifier with high accuracy? Which machine-learning algorithm works best on your classification problem?

16 Questions & Answers


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