[Corpora-List] Why is there a log in IDF of TF-IDF?

tbaldwin at gmail.com tbaldwin at gmail.com
Fri Jun 1 06:28:32 CEST 2018

First, there is no canonical TF-IDF formulation, and rather TF-IDF is a family of methods based around a set of intuitions involving TF and DF. But yes, you are correct that one of the standard implementations logs the IDF (incl in BM25), as a means of (monotonically) down-scaling the IDF factor relative to the TF. Otherwise for large document collections, singleton terms absolutely dominate the calculation. There is usually also some additive smoothing of the DF to avoid high DF terms (in all documents) getting a weight of 0.


On Fri, 2018-06-01 at 10:20 +0800, liling tan wrote:
> Dear All,
> Anyone care to answer the question of why is there a log in IDF of TF-IDF?
> Regards,
> Liling
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