Learning Dynamic Hierarchical Topic Graph with Graph Convolutional Network for Document Classification


Zhengjue Wang, Chaojie Wang, Hao Zhang, Zhibin Duan, Mingyuan Zhou, Bo Chen ;
Proceedings of the Twenty Third International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 108:3959-3969, 2020.


Constructing a graph with graph convolutional network (GCN) to explore the relational structure of the data has attracted lots of interests in various tasks. However, for document classification, existing graph based methods often focus on the straightforward word-word and word-document relations, ignoring the hierarchical semantics. Besides, the graph construction is often independent from the task-specific GCN learning. To address these constrains, we integrate a probabilistic deep topic model into graph construction, and propose a novel trainable hierarchical topic graph (HTG), including word-level, hierarchical topic-level and document-level nodes, exhibiting semantic variation from fine-grained to coarse. Regarding the document classification as a document-node label generation task, HTG can be dynamically evolved with GCN by performing variational inference, which leads to an end-to-end document classification method, named dynamic HTG (DHTG). Besides achieving state-of-the-art classification results, our model learns an interpretable document graph with meaningful node embeddings and semantic edges.

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