Taking Advantage of the Web for Text Classification with Imbalanced Classes
A problem of supervised approaches for text classification is that they commonly require high-quality training data to construct an accurate classifier. Unfortunately, in many real-world applications the training sets are extremely small and present imbalanced class distributions. In order to confront these problems, this paper proposes a novel approach for text classification that combines under-sampling with a semi-supervised learning method. In particular, the proposed semi-supervised method is specially suited to work with very few training examples and considers the automatic extraction of untagged data from the Web. Experimental results on a subset of Reuters-21578 text collection indicate that the proposed approach can be a practical solution for dealing with the class-imbalance problem, since it allows achieving very good results using very small training sets.
KeywordsText Classification Unlabeled Data Training Instance Minority Class Imbalanced Classis
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