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Automatic classification of documents by formality

TitleAutomatic classification of documents by formality
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAbu Sheikha F, Inkpen D
Conference NameInternational Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (NLP-KE)
Conference LocationBeijing
ISBN Number978-1-4244-6896-6
Accession Number11568287

This paper addresses the task of classifying documents into formal or informal style. We studied the main characteristics of each style in order to choose features that allowed us to train classifiers that can distinguish between the two styles. We built our data set by collecting documents for both styles, from different sources. We tested several classification algorithms, namely Decision Trees, Naïve Bayes, and Support Vector Machines, to choose the classifier that leads to the best classification results. We performed attribute selection in order to determine the contribution of each feature to our model.