[R] Classifying large text corpora using R

andy1234 listanand at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 03:26:15 CEST 2011

Daniel Malter wrote:
> Take a look here: http://www.jstatsoft.org/v25/i05/paper
> HTH,
> Da.
> andy1234 wrote:
>> Dear everyone, 
>> I am new to R, and I am looking at doing text classification on a huge
>> collection of documents (>500,000) which are distributed among 300
>> classes (so basically, this is my training data). Would someone please be
>> kind enough to let me know about the R packages to use and their
>> scalability (time and space)? 
>> I am very new to R and do not know of the right packages to use. I
>> started off by trying to use the tm package
>> (http://cran.r-project.org/package=tm) for pre-processing and FSelector
>> (http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/FSelector/index.html) package for
>> feature selection - but both of these are incredibly slow and completely
>> unusable for my task. 
>> So the question is what are the right packages to use (for
>> pre-processing, feature selection, and classification)? Please consider
>> the fact that I may be dealing with data of millions of dimensions which
>> may not even fit in memory. 
>> I posted on this issue twice
>> (http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/Entropy-based-feature-selection-in-R-td3708056.html
>> ,
>> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/R-s-handling-of-high-dimensional-data-td3741758.html)
>> but did not get any response. This is a very critical piece of my
>> research and I have been struggling with this issue for a long time.
>> Please consider helping me out, directly or by pointing me to any other
>> software/website that you think may be more appropriate. 
>> Many thanks in advance.


Many thanks for your reply. 

I did in fact mention in my e-mail that I have looked at tm package. It does
not scale well at all. 

Then there are other stages in the pipeline - feature selection,
classification etc. and I need to find suitable R packages for those also. 

Any other thoughts?


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