Learning Human-like Knowledge by Singular Value Decomposition: A Progress Report

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 10 (NIPS 1997)

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Thomas Landauer, Darrell Laham, Peter Foltz


Singular value decomposition (SVD) can be viewed as a method for unsupervised training of a network that associates two classes of events reciprocally by linear connections through a single hidden layer. SVD was used to learn and represent relations among very large numbers of words (20k-60k) and very large numbers of natural text passages (lk- 70k) in which they occurred. The result was 100-350 dimensional "semantic spaces" in which any trained or newly aibl word or passage could be represented as a vector, and similarities were measured by the cosine of the contained angle between vectors. Good accmacy in simulating human judgments and behaviors has been demonstrated by performance on multiple-choice vocabulary and domain knowledge tests, emulation of expert essay evaluations, and in several other ways. Examples are also given of how the kind of knowledge extracted by this method can be applied.