Revisiting Fisher Kernels for Document Similarities

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Abstract

This paper presents a new metric to compute similarities between textual documents, based on the Fisher information kernel as proposed by T. Hofmann. By considering a new point-of-view on the embedding vector space and proposing a more appropriate way of handling the Fisher information matrix, we derive a new form of the kernel that yields significant improvements on an information retrieval task. We apply our approach to two different models: Naive Bayes and PLSI.