This paper presents a non-traditional “Anti-Bayesian” solution for the traditional Text Classification (TC) problem. Historically, all the recorded TC schemes work using the fundamental paradigm that once the statistical features are inferred from the syntactic/semantic indicators, the classifiers themselves are the well-established statistical ones. In this paper, we shall demonstrate that by virtue of the skewed distributions of the features, one could advantageously work with information latent in certain “non-central” quantiles (i.e., those distant from the mean) of the distributions. We, indeed, demonstrate that such classifiers exist and are attainable, and show that the design and implementation of such schemes work with the recently-introduced paradigm of Quantile Statistics (QS)-based classifiers. These classifiers, referred to as Classification by Moments of Quantile Statistics (CMQS), are essentially “Anti”-Bayesian in their modus operandi. To achieve our goal, in this paper we demonstrate the power and potential of CMQS to describe the very high-dimensional TC-related vector spaces in terms of a limited number of “outlier-based” statistics. Thereafter, the PR task in classification invokes the CMQS classifier for the underlying multi-class problem by using a linear number of pair-wise CMQS-based classifiers. By a rigorous testing on the standard 20-Newsgroups corpus we show that CMQS-based TC attains accuracy that is comparable to the bestreported classifiers. We also propose the potential of fusing the results of a CMQS-based method with those obtained from a traditional scheme.

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Oommen, J, Khoury, R. (Richard), & Schmidt, A. (Aron). (2015). Text classification using novel “anti-Bayesian” techniques. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24069-5_1