Topic modeling is widely used in various domains for extracting latent topics underlying large corpora, including judicial texts. In the latter, topics tend to be made by and for domain experts, but remain unintelligible for laymen. In the framework of housing law court decisions in French which mixes abstract legal terminology with real-life situations described in common language, similarly to , we aim at identifying different situations that can cause a tenant to prosecute their landlord in court with the application of topic models. Upon quantitative evaluation, LDA and BERTopic deliver the best results, but a closer manual analysis reveals that the second embedding-based approach is much better at producing and even uncovering topics that describe a tenant’s real-life issues and situations.
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