Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

On building an interpretable topic modeling approach for the Urdu language

Faculty / School

Faculty of Computer Sciences (FCS)


Department of Computer Science

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Conference Paper

Publication Date


Conference Name

The 29th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 17th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence!IJCAI-PRICAI2020

Conference Location

Yokohama, Japan

Conference Dates

7-15 January 2021


85097355737 (Scopus)

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IJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Abstract / Description

This research is an endeavor to combine deep-learning-based language modeling with classical topic modeling techniques to produce interpretable topics for a given set of documents in Urdu, a low resource language. The existing topic modeling techniques produce a collection of words, often uninterpretable, as suggested topics without integrating them into a semantically correct phrase/sentence. The proposed approach would first build an accurate Part of Speech (POS) tagger for the Urdu Language using a publicly available corpus of many million sentences. Using semantically rich feature extraction approaches including Word2Vec and BERT, the proposed approach, in the next step, would experiment with different clustering and topic modeling techniques to produce a list of potential topics for a given set of documents. Finally, this list of topics would be sent to a labeler module to produce syntactically correct phrases that will represent interpretable topics.