MotifClass: Weakly supervised text classification with higher-order metadata information

Yu Zhang, Shweta Garg, Yu Meng, Xiusi Chen, Jiawei Han

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Abstract

We study the problem of weakly supervised text classification, which aims to classify text documents into a set of pre-defined categories with category surface names only and without any annotated training document provided. Most existing classifiers leverage textual information in each document. However, in many domains, documents are accompanied by various types of metadata (e.g., authors, venue, and year of a research paper). These metadata and their combinations may serve as strong category indicators in addition to textual contents. In this paper, we explore the potential of using metadata to help weakly supervised text classification. To be specific, we model the relationships between documents and metadata via a heterogeneous information network. To effectively capture higher-order structures in the network, we use motifs to describe metadata combinations. We propose a novel framework, named MotifClass , which (1) selects category-indicative motif instances, (2) retrieves and generates pseudo-labeled training samples based on category names and indicative motif instances, and (3) trains a text classifier using the pseudo training data. Extensive experiments on real-world datasets demonstrate the superior performance of MotifClass to existing weakly supervised text classification approaches. Further analysis shows the benefit of considering higher-order metadata information in our framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWSDM 2022 - Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1357-1367
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391320
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 11 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event15th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, WSDM 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Feb 21 2022Feb 25 2022

Publication series

NameWSDM 2022 - Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining

Conference

Conference15th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, WSDM 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/21/222/25/22

Keywords

  • Metadata
  • Text classification
  • Weak supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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