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Renormalization Analysis of Topic Models

Entropy. 2020. Vol. 22. No. 5. P. 1-23.

In practice, to build a machine learning model of big data, one needs to tune model parameters. The process of parameter tuning involves extremely time-consuming and computationally expensive grid search. However, the theory of statistical physics provides techniques allowing us to optimize this process. The paper shows that a function of the output of topic modeling demonstrates self-similar behavior under variation of the number of clusters. Such behavior allows using a renormalization technique. A combination of renormalization procedure with the Renyi entropy approach allows for quick searching of the optimal number of topics. In this paper, the renormalization procedure is developed for the probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis (pLSA), and the Latent Dirichlet Allocation model with variational Expectation–Maximization algorithm (VLDA) and the Latent Dirichlet Allocation model with granulated Gibbs sampling procedure (GLDA). The experiments were conducted on two test datasets with a known number of topics in two different languages and on one unlabeled test dataset with an unknown number of topics. The paper shows that the renormalization procedure allows for finding an approximation of the optimal number of topics at least 30 times faster than the grid search without significant loss of quality.