Soft Computing

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 391–401

A semantic frame-based intelligent agent for topic detection

  • Yung-Chun Chang
  • Yu-Lun Hsieh
  • Cen-Chieh Chen
  • Wen-Lian Hsu

DOI: 10.1007/s00500-015-1695-4

Cite this article as:
Chang, YC., Hsieh, YL., Chen, CC. et al. Soft Comput (2017) 21: 391. doi:10.1007/s00500-015-1695-4


Detecting the topic of documents can help readers construct the background of the topic and facilitate document comprehension. In this paper, we propose a semantic frame-based topic detection (SFTD) that simulates such process in human perception. We take advantage of multiple knowledge sources and extracted discriminative patterns from documents through a highly automated, knowledge-supported frame generation and matching mechanisms. Using a Chinese news corpus containing over 111,000 news articles, we provide a comprehensive performance evaluation which demonstrates that our novel approach can effectively detect the topic of a document by exploiting the syntactic structures, semantic association, and the context within the text. Experimental results show that SFTD is comparable to other well-known topic detection methods.


Topic detection Semantic frame  Semantic class Partial matching 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information Science, Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Information ManagementNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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