Support Vector Machines and Kernel Functions for Text Processing

Celso Antonio Alves Kaestner


This work presents kernel functions that can be used in conjunction with the Support Vector Machine – SVM – learning algorithm to solve the automatic text classification task. Initially the Vector Space Model for text processing is presented. According to this model text is seen as a set of vectors in a high dimensional space; then extensions and alternative models are derived, and some preprocessing procedures are discussed. The SVM learning algorithm, largely employed for text classification, is outlined: its decision procedure is obtained as a solution of an optimization problem. The “kernel trick”, that allows the algorithm to be applied in non-linearly separable cases, is presented, as well as some kernel functions that are currently used in text applications. Finally some text classification experiments employing the SVM classifier are conducted, in order to illustrate some text preprocessing techniques and the presented kernel functions.

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