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Clustering Abstracts of Scientific Texts using the Transition Point Technique [*]

David Pinto(1,2) - Héctor Jiménez-Salazar(1) - Paolo Rosso(2)

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Free access to scientific papers in major digital libraries and other web repositories is limited to only their abstracts. Current keyword-based techniques fail on narrow domain-oriented libraries, e.g., those containing only documents on high energy physics like those of the hep-ex collection of CERN. We propose a simple procedure to cluster abstracts which consists in applying the transition point technique during the term selection process. This technique uses the middle frequency terms to index the documents due to the fact that they have a high semantic content. In the experiments we have carried out, the transition point approach has been compared with well known unsupervised term selection techniques. Transition point technique shown that it is possible to obtain a better performance than traditional methods. Moreover, we propose an approach to analyse the stability of transition point term selection method.

David Pinto 2006-05-25