Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Computer Science


Laura Brown


The amount of information contained within the Internet has exploded in recent decades. As more and more news, blogs, and many other kinds of articles that are published on the Internet, categorization of articles and documents are increasingly desired. Among the approaches to categorize articles, labeling is one of the most common method; it provides a relatively intuitive and effective way to separate articles into different categories. However, manual labeling is limited by its efficiency, even thought the labels selected manually have relatively high quality. This report explores the topic modeling approach of Online Latent Dirichlet Allocation (Online-LDA). Additionally, a method to automatically label articles with their latent topics by combining the Online-LDA posterior with a probabilistic automatic labeling algorithm is implemented. The goal of this report is to examine the accuracy of the labels generated automatically by a topic model and probabilistic relevance algorithm for a set of real-world, dynamically updated articles from an online Rich Site Summary (RSS) service.