It is crucial to promote interdisciplinary research and recommend collaborators from different research fields via academic database analysis. This paper addresses a problem to characterize researchers' interests with a set of diverse research topics found in a large-scale academic database. Specifically, we first use latent Dirichlet allocation to extract topics as distributions over words from a training dataset. Then, we convert the textual features of a researcher's publications to topic vectors, and calculate the centroid of these vectors to summarize the researcher's interest as a single vector. In experiments conducted on CiNii Articles, which is the largest academic database in Japan, we show that the extracted topics reflect the diversity of the research fields in the database. The experiment results also indicate the applicability of the proposed topic representation to the author disambiguation problem.
2016 The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers