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Comparative exploration of document collections

A visual analytics approach

We present an analysis and visualization method for computing what distinguishes a given document collection from others. We determine topics that discriminate a subset of collections from the remaining ones by applying probabilistic topic modeling and subsequently approximating the two relevant criteria distinctiveness and characteristicness algorithmically through a set of heuristics.

Furthermore, we suggest a novel visualization method called DiTop-View, in which topics are represented by glyphs (topic coins) that are arranged on a 2D plane. Topic coins are designed to encode all information necessary for performing comparative analyses such as the class membership of a topic, its most probable terms and the discriminative relations.

We evaluate our topic analysis using statistical measures and a small user experiment and present an expert case study with researchers from political sciences analyzing two real-world datasets.

Oelke, Daniela; Strobelt, Hendrik; Rohrdantz, Christian; Gurevych, Iryna; Deussen, Oliver: Comparative exploration of document collections. A visual analytics approach, in: Computer Graphics Forum, 33 (2014) 3, 201-210

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