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Multilingual Anchoring: Interactive Topic Modeling and Alignment Across Languages
Michelle Yuan · Benjamin Van Durme · Jordan Boyd-Graber

Thu Dec 06 07:45 AM -- 09:45 AM (PST) @ Room 210 #14

Multilingual topic models can reveal patterns in cross-lingual document collections. However, existing models lack speed and interactivity, which prevents adoption in everyday corpora exploration or quick moving situations (e.g., natural disasters, political instability). First, we propose a multilingual anchoring algorithm that builds an anchor-based topic model for documents in different languages. Then, we incorporate interactivity to develop MTAnchor (Multilingual Topic Anchors), a system that allows users to refine the topic model. We test our algorithms on labeled English, Chinese, and Sinhalese documents. Within minutes, our methods can produce interpretable topics that are useful for specific classification tasks.

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Michelle Yuan (University of Maryland, College Park)
Benjamin Van Durme (Johns Hopkins University)
Jordan Boyd-Graber (University of Maryland)

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