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Measuring Text Similarity With Dynamic Time Warping

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author/s: Michael Matuschek, Tim Schlüter, Stefan Conrad
editor:B.C. Desai
booktitle:Proceedings of the 2008 International Symposium on Database Engineering & Applications, Coimbra, Portugal, September 10-12, 2008
publisher:ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. 299

In this work, we describe an approach which aims to make typed texts comparable with temporal data mining methods. This proposal was made in earlier work [11], but to our knowledge no significant research on this subject has been done yet. The basic idea is to derive artificial time series from texts by counting the occurrences of relevant keywords in a sliding window applied to them, and these time series can be compared with techniques of time series analysis. In this particular case the Dynamic Time Warping distance [3] was used. By extensive testing adequate parameters for time series calculation were derived, and we show that this approach might aid in the recognition of similar texts since the observed distances between similar documents are significantly lower than those between unrelated texts. Our idea might also be especially suitable for comparison in different languages since only the keyword translations must be known.

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