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Text analysis library based on the Annotated Suffix Tree method

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EAST stands for the Enhanced Annotated Suffix Tree method for text analysis.


To install EAST, run:

$ pip install EAST

This may require admin permissions on your machine (and should then be run with sudo).

EAST comes both as a CLI application and as a python library (which can be imported and used in python code).

How to - CLI application

Keyphrases table

The basic use case for the AST method is to calculate matching scores for a set of keyphrases against a set of text files (the so-called keyphrase table). To do that with east, launch it as follows:

$ east [-s] [-d] [-f <table_format>] [-a <ast_algorithm>] keyphrases table <keyphrases_file> <directory_with_txt_files>

  • The -s option stands for synonyms and determines whether the matching score should be computed taking into account the synonyms extracted from the text file.

  • The -d option stands for denormalized and specifies whether the the matching score should be computed in the denormalized form (normalized by default, see [Mirkin, Chernyak & Chugunova, 2012].

  • The -f option specifies the format in which the table should be printed. The format is XML by default (see an example below); the -f option can also take CSV as its parameter.

  • The -a option stands for algorithm and defines the actual AST method implementation to be used. Possible arguments are “easa” (Enhanced Annotated Suffix Arrays), “ast_linear” (Linear-time and -memory implementation of Annotated Suffix Trees) and “ast_naive” (a slow and memory-consumptive implementation, present just for comparison).

  • Please note that you can also specify the path to a single text file instead of that for a directory. In case of the path to a directory, only .txt files will be processed.

If you want to print the output to some file, just redirect the EAST output (e.g. by appending > filename.txt to the command in Unix).

Sample output in the XML format:

  <keyphrase value="KEYPHRASE_1">
    <text name="TEXT_1">0.250</text>
    <text name="TEXT_2">0.234</text>
  <keyphrase value="KEYPHRASE_2">
    <text name="TEXT_1">0.121</text>
    <text name="TEXT_2">0.000</text>
  <keyphrase value="KEYPHRASE_3">
    <text name="TEXT_1">0.539</text>
    <text name="TEXT_3">0.102</text>

Keyphrases graph

The east software also allows to construct a keyphrases relation graph, which indicates implications between different keyphrases according to the text corpus being analysed. The graph construction algorithm is based on the analysis of co-occurrences of keyphrases in the text corpus. A keyphrase is considered to imply another one if that second phrase occurs frequently enough in the same texts as the first one (that frequency is controlled by the referral confidence parameter). A keyphrase counts as occuring in a text if its presence score for that text ecxeeds some threshold [Mirkin, Chernyak, & Chugunova, 2012].

$ east [-s] [-d] [-f <graph_format>] [-c <referral_confidence>] [-r <relevance_threshold>] [-p <support_threshold>] [-a <ast_algorithm>] keyphrases graph <keyphrases_file> <directory_with_txt_files>

  • The -s, -d and -a options configure the algorithm of computing the matching scores (exactly as for the keyphrases table command).

  • The -p option configures the threshold for graph node support (the number of documents “containing” the corresponding keyphrase according to the AST method), starting with which the nodes get included into the graph.

  • The -f option stands for format and determines in which format the resulting graph should come to the output. Possible values are:
    • “GML” (Graph Modelling Language, which can be used for graph visualization in tools like Gephi);

    • “edges”, which is just a list of edges in form Some keyphrase -> <List of keyphrases it points to> (simple but convenient for a quick analysis of implications between keyphrases).

  • The -c option stands for referral confidence and controls the confidence level above which the implications between keyphrases are considered to be strong enough to be added as graph arcs. The confidence level should be a float in [0; 1] and is 0.6 by default.

  • The -r option stands for relevance threshold of the matching score and controls the minimum matching score value where keyphrases start to be counted as occuring in the corresponding texts. It should be a float in [0; 1] and is 0.25 by default.

Sample output in the edges format:


The same graph in GML:

    id 0
    label "KEYPHRASE_1"
    id 1
    label "KEYPHRASE_2"
    id 2
    label "KEYPHRASE_3"
    id 3
    label "KEYPHRASE_4"
    source 0
    target 2
    source 1
    target 2
    source 1
    target 3
    source 3
    target 0

How to - Python library

The example below shows how to use the EAST package in code. Here, we build an Annotated suffix tree for a collection of two strings (“XABXAC” and “HI”) and then calculate matching scores for two queries (“ABCI” and “NOPE”):

from east.asts import base

ast = base.AST.get_ast(["XABXAC", "HI"])

print ast.score("ABCI")   # 0.1875
print ast.score("NOPE")   # 0

The get_ast() method takes the list of input strings and constructs an annotated suffix tree using suffix arrays by default as the underlying data structure (this is the most efficient implementation known). The algorithm used for AST construction can be optionally specified via the second parameter to get_ast() (along with “easa”, its possible values include “ast_linear” and “ast_naive”)

Working with real texts already requires some preprocessing, such as splitting a single input text into a collection of small-sized strings, which later enables matching scores for queries to be more precise. There is a special method text_to_strings_collection() in EAST which does that for you. The following example processes a real text collection and calculates matching scores for an input query:

import itertools

from east.asts import base
from east import utils

text_collection = [...]  # e.g. retrieved from a set of *.txt files
strings_collection = itertools.chain.from_iterable(
                         for text in text_collection])

ast = base.AST.get_ast(strings_collection)

print ast.score("Hello, world")  # will be in [0; 1]

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