Joint embedding of words and labels for text classification


Journal Article

© 2018 Association for Computational Linguistics Word embeddings are effective intermediate representations for capturing semantic regularities between words, when learning the representations of text sequences. We propose to view text classification as a label-word joint embedding problem: each label is embedded in the same space with the word vectors. We introduce an attention framework that measures the compatibility of embeddings between text sequences and labels. The attention is learned on a training set of labeled samples to ensure that, given a text sequence, the relevant words are weighted higher than the irrelevant ones. Our method maintains the interpretability of word embeddings, and enjoys a built-in ability to leverage alternative sources of information, in addition to input text sequences. Extensive results on the several large text datasets show that the proposed framework outperforms the state-of-the-art methods by a large margin, in terms of both accuracy and speed.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, G; Li, C; Wang, W; Zhang, Y; Shen, D; Zhang, X; Henao, R; Carin, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

  • Acl 2018 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference (Long Papers)

Volume / Issue

  • 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 2321 - 2331

Citation Source

  • Scopus