Three New Feature Weighting Methods for Text Categorization

  • Wei Xue
  • Xinshun Xu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6318)


Feature weighting is an important phase of text categorization, which computes the feature weight for each feature of documents. This paper proposes three new feature weighting methods for text categorization. In the first and second proposed methods, traditional feature weighting method tf×idf is combined with “one-side” feature selection metrics (i.e. odds ratio, correlation coefficient) in a moderate manner, and positive and negative features are weighted separately. tf×idf+CC and tf×idf+OR are used to calculate the feature weights. In the third method, tf is combined with feature entropy, which is effective and concise. The feature entropy measures the diversity of feature’s document frequency in different categories. The experimental results on Reuters-21578 corpus show that the proposed methods outperform several state-of-the-art feature weighting methods, such as tf×idf, tf×CHI, andtf×OR.


feature weight feature selection text categorization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Xue
    • 1
  • Xinshun Xu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and TechnologyShandong UniversityJinanChina

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