[Topic-models] using CTM to evaluate word relatedness

Mike Stipicevic stipim at rpi.edu
Sun Nov 9 10:53:16 EST 2008

Hi all,

I would like to use CTM to evaluate the relatedness between two terms. My first instinct is to take the KxV beta matrix and select two columns -- one for each term. Thus, each term has a K vector of topics, and these vectors can be compared by euclidean distance (or perhaps the cosine). However, I am not sure if this approach is valid mathematically. The vectors certainly are not a distribution of anything, and I worry that a more rigorous approach would provide different answers.

My other thought was to treat each word as a 'document' and run an inference on this document. I can then compare the lambdas of the two one-word documents. However, I believe this method will be drastically slower than the one mentioned above.

I appreciate any thoughts on this. Apologies if this was already asked on the list; I couldn't find a way to search the archives.

Thank you for your time,
- Mike
Mike Stipicevic
Chairman, RPI Student Branch of the IEEE

stipim at rpi.edu
mstipicevic at ieee.org

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