Forough Poursabzi-Sangdeh


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Evaluating Visual Representations for Topic Understanding and Their Effects on Manually Generated Topic Labels
Alison Smith | Tak Yeon Lee | Forough Poursabzi-Sangdeh | Jordan Boyd-Graber | Niklas Elmqvist | Leah Findlater
Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Volume 5

Probabilistic topic models are important tools for indexing, summarizing, and analyzing large document collections by their themes. However, promoting end-user understanding of topics remains an open research problem. We compare labels generated by users given four topic visualization techniques—word lists, word lists with bars, word clouds, and network graphs—against each other and against automatically generated labels. Our basis of comparison is participant ratings of how well labels describe documents from the topic. Our study has two phases: a labeling phase where participants label visualized topics and a validation phase where different participants select which labels best describe the topics’ documents. Although all visualizations produce similar quality labels, simple visualizations such as word lists allow participants to quickly understand topics, while complex visualizations take longer but expose multi-word expressions that simpler visualizations obscure. Automatic labels lag behind user-created labels, but our dataset of manually labeled topics highlights linguistic patterns (e.g., hypernyms, phrases) that can be used to improve automatic topic labeling algorithms.


ALTO: Active Learning with Topic Overviews for Speeding Label Induction and Document Labeling
Forough Poursabzi-Sangdeh | Jordan Boyd-Graber | Leah Findlater | Kevin Seppi
Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)


Speeding Document Annotation with Topic Models
Forough Poursabzi-Sangdeh | Jordan Boyd-Graber
Proceedings of the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Student Research Workshop