An Unsupervised Approach for Aspect Category Detection Using Soft Cosine Similarity Measure

8 Dec 2018  ·  Erfan Ghadery, Sajad Movahedi, Heshaam Faili, Azadeh Shakery ·

Aspect category detection is one of the important and challenging subtasks of aspect-based sentiment analysis. Given a set of pre-defined categories, this task aims to detect categories which are indicated implicitly or explicitly in a given review sentence... Supervised machine learning approaches perform well to accomplish this subtask. Note that, the performance of these methods depends on the availability of labeled train data, which is often difficult and costly to obtain. Besides, most of these supervised methods require feature engineering to perform well. In this paper, we propose an unsupervised method to address aspect category detection task without the need for any feature engineering. Our method utilizes clusters of unlabeled reviews and soft cosine similarity measure to accomplish aspect category detection task. Experimental results on SemEval-2014 restaurant dataset shows that proposed unsupervised approach outperforms several baselines by a substantial margin. read more

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