Domain adaptation with topical correspondence learning

Zheng Chen, Weixiong Zhang

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A serious and ubiquitous issue in machine learning is the lack of sufficient training data in a domain of interest. Domain adaptation is an effective approach to dealing with this problem by transferring information or models learned from related, albeit distinct, domains to the target domain. We develop a novel domain adaptation method for text document classification under the framework of Nonnegative Matrix Factorization. Two key ideas of our method are to construct a latent topic space where a topic is decomposed into common words shared by all domains and words specific to individual domains, and then to establish associations between words in different domains through the common words as a bridge for knowledge transfer. The correspondence between cross-domain topics leads to more coherent distributions of source and target domains in the new representation while preserving the predictive power. Our new method outperformed several state-of-the-art domain adaptation methods on several benchmark datasets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIJCAI 2013 - Proceedings of the 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2013
Event23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: Aug 3 2013Aug 9 2013

Publication series

NameIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1045-0823


Conference23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2013


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