Experiments with Semantic Similarity Measures Based on LDA and LSA

  • Nobal Niraula
  • Rajendra Banjade
  • Dan Ştefănescu
  • Vasile Rus
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7978)


We present in this paper experiments with several semantic similarity measures based on the unsupervised method Latent Dirichlet Allocation. For comparison purposes, we also report experimental results using an algebraic method, Latent Semantic Analysis. The proposed semantic similarity methods were evaluated using one dataset that includes student answers from conversational intelligent tutoring systems and a standard paraphrase dataset, the Microsoft Research Paraphrase corpus. Results indicate that the method based on word representations as topic vectors outperforms methods based on distributions over topics and words. The proposed evaluation methods can also be regarded as an extrinsic method for evaluating topic coherence or selecting the number of topics in LDA models, i.e. a task-based evaluation of topic coherence and selection of number of topics in LDA.


semantic similarity statistical methods Latent Dirichlet Allocation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobal Niraula
    • 1
  • Rajendra Banjade
    • 1
  • Dan Ştefănescu
    • 1
  • Vasile Rus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of MemphisUSA

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