Temporal Feature Space for Text Classification

  • Stefano Giovanni RizzoEmail author
  • Danilo Montesi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10415)


In supervised learning algorithms for text classification the text content is usually represented using the frequencies of the words it contains, ignoring their semantic and their relationships. Words within temporal expressions such as “ today ” or “ last February ” are particularly affected by this simplification: the same expression can have a different semantic in documents with different timestamps, while different expressions could refer to the same time. After extracting temporal expressions in documents, we model a set of temporal features derived from the time mentioned in the document, showing the relation between these features and the belonging category. We test our temporal approach on a subset of the New York Times corpus showing a significant improvement over the text-only baseline.


Temporal features Automatic text classification Semantic annotation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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