Reducing the Loss of Information through Annealing Text Distortion

Sept. 23, 2010


Ana Granados, Manuel Cebrian, David Camacho, Francisco de Borja Rodriguez


Compression distances have been widely used in knowledge discovery and data mining. They are parameter-free, widely applicable, and very effective in several domains. However, little has been done to interpret their results or to explain their behavior. In this paper we take a step towards understanding compression distances by performing an experimental evaluation of the impact of several kinds of information distortion on compression-based text clustering. We show how progressively removing words in such a way that the complexity of a document is slowly reduced helps the compression-based text clustering and improves its accuracy. In fact, we show how the non-distorted text clustering can be improved by means of annealing text distortion. The experimental results shown in this paper are consistent using different data sets, and different compression algorithms belonging to the most important compression families: LempelZiv, Statistical and Block-Sorting.

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