# AI News, Machine Learning Tutorial: The Max Entropy Text Classifier ## Machine Learning Tutorial: The Max Entropy Text Classifier

Implementing Max Entropy in a standard programming language such as JAVA, C++ or PHP is non-trivial primarily due to the numerical optimization problem that one should solve in order to estimate the weights of the model.

The Max Entropy classifier can be used to solve a large variety of text classification problems such as language detection, topic classification, sentiment analysis and more.

Our target is to use the contextual information of the document (unigrams, bigrams, other characteristics within the text) in order to categorize it to a given class (positive/neutral/negative, objective/subjective etc).

Following the standard bag-of-words framework that is commonly used in natural language processing and information retrieval, let {w1,…,wm} be the m words that can appear in a document.

Then each document is represented by a sparse array with 1s and 0s that indicate whether a particular word wi exists or not in the context of the document.

Our target is to construct a stochastic model, as described by Adam Berger (1996), which accurately represents the behavior of the random process: take as input the contextual information x of a document and produce the output value y.

As in the case of Naive Bayes, the first step of constructing this model is to collect a large number of training data which consists of samples represented on the following format: (xi,yi) where the xi includes the contextual information of the document (the sparse array) and yi its class.

We will use the above empirical probability distribution in order to construct the statistical model of the random process which assigns texts to a particular class by taking into account their contextual information.

 Given that: To solve the above optimization problem we introduce the Lagrangian multipliers, we focus on the unconstrained dual problem and we estimate the lamda free variables {λ1,&#8230;,λn} with the Maximum Likelihood Estimation method.

 Thus given that we have found the lamda parameters of our model, all we need to do in order to classify a new document is use the “maximum a posteriori” decision rule and select the category with the highest probability.

Thus we can select as C the maximum number of active features for all (x,y) pairs within our training dataset:   Making the above adaptations on the standard versions of IIS can help us find the {λ1,&#8230;,λn} parameters and build our model relatively quickly.

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