Contrastive Learning for Neural Topic Model

This repository contains the implementation of the paper Contrastive Learning for Neural Topic Model.

Thong Nguyen, Luu Anh Tuan (NeurIPS 2021)

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In this work, we target the problem of capturing meaningful representations through modeling the relations among samples from a mathematical perspective and propose a novel contrastive objective to train the neural topic model, along with the optimization of the variational lower bound. In our contrastive learning framework, we introduce a novel sampling strategy that is motivated by human behavior when comparing numerous documents. Our results show that capturing mutual information between the prototype and its positive sample provides a strong foundation for constructing coherent topics, while differentiating the prototype from the negative samples plays a less fundamental role.

title={Contrastive Learning for Neural Topic Model},
author={Thong Thanh Nguyen and Anh Tuan Luu},
booktitle={Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems},
editor={A. Beygelzimer and Y. Dauphin and P. Liang and J. Wortman Vaughan},


  • python3
  • pandas
  • gensim
  • numpy
  • torchvision
  • pytorch 1.7.0
  • scipy

How to Run

  1. Download and put the dataset in the data folder:
  2. Train the model by running ./scripts/train_models/run_{dataset}_{topk}.sh
  3. Evaluate the model via executing ./scripts/evaluate/run_{dataset}_npmi_{topk}.sh


Our implementation is based on the official code of SCHOLAR.


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