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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Blake Hunter

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This paper explores topic modeling through the example text of Alice in Wonderland. It explores both singular value decomposition as well as non-­‐‑negative matrix factorization as methods for feature extraction. The paper goes on to explore methods for partially supervised implementation of topic modeling through introducing themes. A large portion of the paper also focuses on implementation of these techniques in python as well as visualizations of the results which use a combination of python, html and java script along with the d3 framework. The paper concludes by presenting a mixture of SVD, NMF and partially-­‐‑supervised NMF as a possible way to improve topic modeling.

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