Graph Algorithms for Large-Scale and Dynamic Natural Language Processing

Time: Tue 2019-12-17 10.00

Location: Sal C, Electrum, Kistagången 16, Kista (English)

Doctoral student: Kambiz Ghoorchian , Programvaruteknik och datorsystem, SCS

Opponent: associate professor Sumithra Velupillai, King’s College London

Supervisor: Professor Magnus Boman, Programvaruteknik och datorsystem, SCS; Magnus Sahlgren, Research Institute of Sweden (RISE)


In Natural Language Processing, researchers design and develop algorithms to enable machines to understand and analyze human language. These algorithms benefit multiple downstream applications including sentiment analysis, automatic translation, automatic question answering, and text summarization. Topic modeling is one such algorithm that solves the problem of categorizing documents into multiple groups with the goal of maximizing the intra-group document similarity. However, the manifestation of short texts like tweets, snippets, comments, and forum posts as the dominant source of text in our daily interactions and communications, as well as being the main medium for news reporting and dissemination, increases the complexity of the problem due to scalability, sparsity, and dynamicity. Scalability refers to the volume of the messages being generated, sparsity is related to the length of the messages, and dynamicity is associated with the ratio of changes in the content and topical structure of the messages (e.g., the emergence of new phrases). We improve the scalability and accuracy of Natural Language Processing algorithms from three perspectives, by leveraging on innovative graph modeling and graph partitioning algorithms, incremental dimensionality reduction techniques, and rich language modeling methods. We begin by presenting a solution for multiple disambiguation on short messages, as opposed to traditional single disambiguation. The solution proposes a simple graph representation model to present topical structures in the form of dense partitions in that graph and applies disambiguation by extracting those topical structures using an innovative distributed graph partitioning algorithm. Next, we develop a scalable topic modeling algorithm using a novel dense graph representation and an efficient graph partitioning algorithm. Then, we analyze the effect of temporal dimension to understand the dynamicity in online social networks and present a solution for geo-localization of users in Twitter using a hierarchical model that combines partitioning of the underlying social network graph with temporal categorization of the tweets. The results show the effect of temporal dynamicity on users’ spatial behavior. This result leads to design and development of a dynamic topic modeling solution, involving an online graph partitioning algorithm and a significantly stronger language modeling approach based on the skip-gram technique. The algorithm shows strong improvement on scalability and accuracy compared to the state-of-the-art models. Finally, we describe a dynamic graph-based representation learning algorithm that modifies the partitioning algorithm to develop a generalization of our previous work. A strong representation learning algorithm is proposed that can be used for extracting high quality distributed and continuous representations out of any sequential data with local and hierarchical structural properties similar to natural language text.

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