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From Dave Byrne <>
Subject Re: seq2sparse seems to be ignoring the value of my “-x” parameter
Date Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:54:38 GMT
maxDFPercent won't actually remove the terms from the dictionary, or reduce the size of the
tfidf vectors. It simply sets the value of the vector to 0 for that term.

In other words, the dictionary size and vector length will remain the same, with fewer non-zero

On Sep 25, 2012, at 10:25 AM, Matt Molek <> wrote:

> I'm using mahout 0.7 on a pseudo-distributed hadoop installation for
> testing purposes.
> A lot of what I'm doing is being guided by Mahout in Action, which I
> know deals with 0.5, but as far as I can tell, nothing major has
> changed with seq2sparse.
> I'm having a problem with the tfidf vectors generated by seq2sparse.
> No matter what I set "-x" (max document frequency percentage) to, I
> end up with the same number of terms in my dictionary, and vectors of
> the same size. Shouldn't I be getting smaller tfidf vectors as my -x
> value decreases?
> I found one posting about mahout 0.6 where -x was being parsed as an
> absolute number of documents rather than a percentage of documents.
> That was supposed to have been fixed in 0.7, but I tried using it in
> that way too just to see if it would help. No change in the number of
> terms I'm getting. Here are the values I've tried, and the number of
> terms I've ended up with. My data set is 4850 wikipedia articles from:
> The exact file is: pages-articles1.xml.bz2
> The xml file was turned into a seqfile with:
> mahout seqwiki -all -i <path to xml file> -o <path to output directory>
> My calls to seq2sparse look like this:
> mahout seq2sparse -i <seq directory> -o <out dir> -ow -wt tfidf -x 4800 -nv
> My results:
> |-x value     | #of terms |
> |4800         |  256623   |
> |4600         |  256623   |
> |2500         |  256623   |
> |99           |  256623   |
> |90           |  256623   |
> |25           |  256623   |
> |5            |  256623   |
> Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong? Thanks for the help.

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