Evaluating online text classification algorithms for email prediction in TaskTracer Public Deposited

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  • This paper examines how six online multiclass text classification algorithms perform in the domain of email tagging within the TaskTracer system. TaskTracer is a project-oriented user interface for the desktop knowledge worker. TaskTracer attempts to tag all documents, web pages, and email messages with the projects to which they are relevant. In previous work, we deployed an SVM email classifier to tag email messages. However, the SVM is a batch algorithm whose training time scales quadratically with the number of examples. The goal of the study reported in this paper was to select an online learning algorithm to replace this SVM classifier. We investigated Bernoulli Naïve Bayes, Multinomial Naïve Bayes, Transformed Weight-Normalized Complement Naïve Bayes, Term Frequency – Inverse Document Frequency counts, Online Passive Aggressive algorithms, and Linear Confidence Weighted classifiers. These methods were evaluated for their online accuracy, their sensitivity to the number and frequency of classes, and their tendency to make repeated errors. The Confidence Weighted Classifier and Bernoulli Naïve Bayes were found to perform the best. They behaved more stably than the other algorithms when handling the imbalanced classes and sparse features of email data.
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