Tree-Structured Hierarchical Dirichlet Process

  • Md. Hijbul Alam
  • Jaakko PeltonenEmail author
  • Jyrki Nummenmaa
  • Kalervo Järvelin
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 801)


In many domains, document sets are hierarchically organized such as message forums having multiple levels of sections. Analysis of latent topics within such content is crucial for tasks like trend and user interest analysis. Nonparametric topic models are a powerful approach, but traditional Hierarchical Dirichlet Processes (HDPs) are unable to fully take into account topic sharing across deep hierarchical structure. We propose the Tree-structured Hierarchical Dirichlet Process, allowing Dirichlet process based topic modeling over a given tree structure of arbitrary size and height, where documents can arise at all tree nodes. Experiments on a hierarchical social message forum and a product reviews forum demonstrate better generalization performance than traditional HDPs in terms of ability to model new data and classify documents to sections.


Hierarchical Dirichlet Processes Topic modeling Message forum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Md. Hijbul Alam
    • 1
  • Jaakko Peltonen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jyrki Nummenmaa
    • 1
  • Kalervo Järvelin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Aalto UniversityEspooFinland

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