Document Embedding

Embeds documents from input corpus into vector space by using pre-trained fastText models described in E. Grave et al. (2018).


  • Corpus: A collection of documents.


  • Corpus: Corpus with new features appended.

Document Embedding parses n-grams of each document in corpus, obtains embedding for each n-gram using pre-trained model for chosen language and obtains one vector for each document by aggregating n-gram embeddings using one of offered aggregators. Note that method will work on any n-grams but it will give best results if corpus is preprocessed such that n-grams are words (because model was trained to embed words).

  1. Widget parameters:
    • Language: widget will use a model trained on documents in chosen language.
    • Aggregator: operation to perform on n-gram embeddings to aggregate them into a single document vector.
  2. Cancel current execution.
  3. If Apply automatically is checked, changes in parameters are sent automatically. Alternatively press Apply.

Embedding retrieval

Document Embedding takes n-grams (tokens), usually produced by the Preprocess Text widget. One can see tokens in the Corpus Viewer widget by selection Show tokens and tags or in Word Cloud. Tokens are sent to the server where each token is vectorized separately and then the aggregation function is used to compute the document embedding. The server returns the vector for each document. Currently, the server runs fasttext==0.9.1. For out-of-vocabulary (OOV) words, fastText obtain vectors by summing up vectors for its component character n-grams.


In first example, we will inspect how the widget works. Load using Corpus widget and connect it to Document Embedding. Check the output data by connecting Document Embedding to Data Table. We see additional 300 features that we widget has appended.

In the second example we will try to predict document category. We will keep working on loaded with Corpus widget and sent through Preprocess Text with default parameters. Connect Preprocess Text to Document Embedding to obtain features for predictive modelling. Here we set aggregator to Sum.

Connect Document Embedding to Test and Score and also connect learner of choice to the left side of Test and Score. We chose SVM and changed kernel to Linear. Test and Score will now compute performance of each learner on the input. We can see that we achieved great results.

Let's now inspect confusion matrix. Connect Test and Score to Confusion Matrix. Clicking on Select Misclassified will output documents that were misclassified. We can further inspect them by connecting Corpus Viewer to Confusion Matrix.


E. Grave, P. Bojanowski, P. Gupta, A. Joulin, T. Mikolov. "Learning Word Vectors for 157 Languages." Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2018.

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