• Description:

AG is a collection of more than 1 million news articles. News articles have been gathered from more than 2000 news sources by ComeToMyHead in more than 1 year of activity. ComeToMyHead is an academic news search engine which has been running since July, 2004. The dataset is provided by the academic comunity for research purposes in data mining (clustering, classification, etc), information retrieval (ranking, search, etc), xml, data compression, data streaming, and any other non-commercial activity. For more information, please refer to the link .

The AG's news topic classification dataset is constructed by Xiang Zhang ( from the dataset above. It is used as a text classification benchmark in the following paper: Xiang Zhang, Junbo Zhao, Yann LeCun. Character-level Convolutional Networks for Text Classification. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 28 (NIPS 2015).

The AG's news topic classification dataset is constructed by choosing 4 largest classes from the original corpus. Each class contains 30,000 training samples and 1,900 testing samples. The total number of training samples is 120,000 and testing 7,600.

Split Examples
'test' 7,600
'train' 120,000
  • Feature structure:
    'description': Text(shape=(), dtype=string),
    'label': ClassLabel(shape=(), dtype=int64, num_classes=4),
    'title': Text(shape=(), dtype=string),
  • Feature documentation:
Feature Class Shape Dtype Description
description Text string
label ClassLabel int64
title Text string
  • Citation:
    title={Character-level Convolutional Networks for Text Classification},
    author={Xiang Zhang and Junbo Zhao and Yann LeCun},