Improved Generalization of Arabic Text Classifiers

Alaa Khaddaj, Hazem Hajj, Wassim El-Hajj


Abstract
While transfer learning for text has been very active in the English language, progress in Arabic has been slow, including the use of Domain Adaptation (DA). Domain Adaptation is used to generalize the performance of any classifier by trying to balance the classifier’s accuracy for a particular task among different text domains. In this paper, we propose and evaluate two variants of a domain adaptation technique: the first is a base model called Domain Adversarial Neural Network (DANN), while the second is a variation that incorporates representational learning. Similar to previous approaches, we propose the use of proxy A-distance as a metric to assess the success of generalization. We make use of ArSentDLEV, a multi-topic dataset collected from the Levantine countries, to test the performance of the models. We show the superiority of the proposed method in accuracy and robustness when dealing with the Arabic language.
Anthology ID:
W19-4618
Volume:
Proceedings of the Fourth Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop
Month:
August
Year:
2019
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Florence, Italy
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ACL | WANLP | WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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167–174
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W19-4618
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W19-4618
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