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By Mark Hornick-Oracle on Jan 29, 2010
Text mining is a hot topic, especially for document clustering. Say you have a potentially large set of documents that you'd like to sort into some number of related groups. Sometimes it is enough to know which documents are in the same group (or cluster) and be able to assign new documents to the existing set of groups. However, you may also want a description of the clusters to help understand what types of documents are in those clusters. Automatically generating cluster names would be much easier than examining cluster centroids or reading a sample of documents in each cluster.
Oracle Data Mining supports this use case and below is a script that generates cluster names from a clustering model.
To use this script, you first need a clustering model and a text mapping table. These are easily produced using the Oracle Data Miner graphical user interface to automatically transform the data and then build the model. To get started, provide a data table with two columns: a numeric id column and a VARCHAR2 column containing the document text.
Here are a few key screen captures to guide you. I'm using a dataset from Oracle Open World that includes all the session text (title and abstract concatenated). By the way, this session document clustering was part of the process for producing the Session Recommendation Engine for Oracle Open World 2008 and 2009.
In Oracle Data Miner, start a build activity for clustering using k-Means. Then, select the dataset and the unique identifier, and click Next. (Click images to enlarge.)
Check the SESSION_TEXT attributes as "input" and change the "mining type" to "text."
Click advanced settings at the end of the wizard to reveal settings
you can tailor. Since we have a single TEXT column, click on the tabs for "Outlier
Treatment," "Missing Values," and "Normalize" and disable each step by clicking
the box in the upper left-hand corner. Whereas these are often necessary for
k-Means, our single text column and text transformation eliminate the need these.
Clicking the "Text" tab, you may specify various text-specific settings. For example, you may have a custom stopword list or lexer that you want to use, as shown below.
Clicking the "Feature Extraction" sub-tab allows you to
specify maximum number of terms to represent each document and the maximum
number of terms to represent all documents.
Click the "Build" tab to specify the number of clusters
(groups) you want to have. For text, we recommend the "cosine" distance
function. Depending on your needs, you may want to specify the split criterion
to "size" to have clusters of more equal size. For a better model, set maximum
interactions to 20.
Oracle Data Miner now generates an activity that performs
the text transformation and model building.
To obtain the model name from the Build step, copy the text next to "Model Name." To obtain the mapping table, click the "Output Data" link under the Text step. Click the "Mapping Data" link and copy the name of the table at the top of the window.
Now, you're nearly ready to invoke the following script to generate the cluster names.
Create a table like CLUSTER_NAME_MAP below to store the
results. Then, replace the model name used below ('SESSION09_PRE92765_CL')
with your model name, and the mapping table name used below (DM4J$VSESSION09_710479489)
with your mapping table name.
create table cluster_name_map (model_name VARCHAR(40),
Run this script on your model and table. Look below to see some sample output from the Open World session data. (Note that some columns are included in the script below, even though not required, to highlight data available in the model.)
CURSOR ClusterLeafIds IS
--Obtain leaf clusters
SELECT CLUSTER_ID, RECORD_COUNT
SELECT distinct clus.ID AS CLUSTER_ID,
CASE WHEN chl.id IS NULL THEN 'YES'
ELSE 'NO' END IS_LEAF
FROM (SELECT *
FROM TABLE(dbms_data_mining.get_model_details_km('SESSION09_PRE92765_CL'))) clus,
ORDER BY cluster_id;
FOR c IN ClusterLeafIds LOOP
INSERT INTO cluster_name_map (model_name, cluster_name,
SELECT 'SESSION09_PRE92765_CL' model_name, cluster_name,
c.cluster_id cluster_id, c.record_count record_count
SELECT id, term || '-' ||
LEAD(term, 1) OVER (ORDER BY id) || '-' ||
LEAD(term, 2) OVER (ORDER BY id) || '-' ||
LEAD(term, 3) OVER (ORDER BY id) || '-' ||
LEAD(term, 4) OVER (ORDER BY id) cluster_name
SELECT id, text term, centroid_mean
SELECT rownum id, a.*
SELECT cd.attribute_subname term,
FROM TABLE(dbms_data_mining.get_model_details_km('SESSION09_PRE92765_CL', c.cluster_id, null, 1, 0, 0, null)) ) a,
order by cd.mean desc) a
WHERE rownum < 6) x,
ORDER BY centroid_mean
Each cluster name is the concatenation of the top 5 terms (words with the highest ranking centroid values) that represent the cluster. The the image below, the second column is the cluster id, and the third column is the count of documents assigned to that cluster.
Cluster names can also be assigned to the model clusters directly in the model.
Assigning cluster names and the advanced SQL in the script will be covered in future blog posts.
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