Greasing the Wheels for Comparative Communication Research: Supervised Text Classification for Multilingual Corpora

Author(s)
Fabienne Lind, Tobias Heidenreich, Christoph Kralj, Hajo Boomgaarden
Abstract

Employing supervised machine learning for text classification is already a resource-intensive endeavor in a monolingual setting. However, facing the challenge to classify a multilingual corpus, the cost of producing the required annotated documents quickly exceeds even generous time and financial constraints. We show how tools like automated annotation and machine translation can not only efficiently but also effectively be employed for the classification of a multilingual corpus with supervised machine learning. Our findings demonstrate that good results can already be achieved with the machine translation of about 250 to 350 documents per category class and language and a dictionary in just one language, which we perceive as a realistic scenario for many projects. The methodological strategy is applied to study migration frames in seven languages (news discourse in seven European countries) and discussed and evaluated for its usability in comparative communication research.

Organisation(s)
Department of Communication, Research Group Visualization and Data Analysis
Journal
Computational Communication Research
Volume
3
Pages
1-30
DOI
https://doi.org/10.5117/CCR2021.3.001.LIND
Publication date
10-2021
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
102019 Machine learning, 508007 Communication science
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/greasing-the-wheels-for-comparative-communication-research-supervised-text-classification-for-multilingual-corpora(55aa30c7-4de9-4e08-9438-aeb304e60e65).html