Using Machine Learning Algorithms for Finding the Topics of COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Automatically
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The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) is a collection of over 400,000 of scholarly papers (as of January 11th, 2021) about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and related coronaviruses curated by the Allen Institute for AI. Carrying out an exploratory literature review of these papers has become a time-sensitive and exhausting challenge during the pandemic. The topic modeling pipeline presented in this thesis helps researchers gain an overview of the topics addressed in the papers. The preprocessing framework identifies Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) entities by using MedLinker, which handles Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) through a pre-trained Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT) model. The topic model used in this research is a Variational Autoencoder implementing ProdLDA, which is an extension to the Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) model. Applying the pipeline to the CORD-19 dataset achieved a topic coherence value of 0.7 and topic diversity measures of almost 100%.
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Donya Hamzeian (2021). Using Machine Learning Algorithms for Finding the Topics of COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Automatically. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/16834