Theses and Dissertations


Yong Wang

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hodges, Julia E.

Committee Member

Hansen, Eric

Committee Member

Banicescu, Ioana

Committee Member

Boggess, Lois

Committee Member

Vaughn, Ray

Other Advisors or Committee Members

Bridges, Susan M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science


Document clustering is a widely used strategy for information retrieval and text data mining. In traditional document clustering systems, documents are represented as a bag of independent words. In this project, we propose to enrich the representation of a document by incorporating semantic information and syntactic information. Semantic analysis and syntactic analysis are performed on the raw text to identify this information. A detailed survey of current research in natural language processing, syntactic analysis, and semantic analysis is provided. Our experimental results demonstrate that incorporating semantic information and syntactic information can improve the performance of our document clustering system for most of our data sets. A statistically significant improvement can be achieved when we combine both syntactic and semantic information. Our experimental results using compound words show that using only compound words does not improve the clustering performance for our data sets. When the compound words are combined with original single words, the combined feature set gets slightly better performance for most data sets. But this improvement is not statistically significant. In order to select the best clustering algorithm for our document clustering system, a comparison of several widely used clustering algorithms is performed. Although the bisecting K-means method has advantages when working with large datasets, a traditional hierarchical clustering algorithm still achieves the best performance for our small datasets.

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