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Contextual semantics for sentiment analysis of Twitter

Saif, Hassan; He, Yulan; Fernández, Miriam and Alani, Harith (2016). Contextual semantics for sentiment analysis of Twitter. Information Processing and Management (In Press).

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ipm.2015.01.005
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Abstract

Sentiment analysis on Twitter has attracted much attention recently due to its wide applications in both, commercial and public sectors. In this paper we present SentiCircles, a lexicon-based approach for sentiment analysis on Twitter. Different from typical lexicon-based approaches, which offer a fixed and static prior sentiment polarities of words regardless of their context, SentiCircles takes into account the co-occurrence patterns of words in different contexts in tweets to capture their semantics and update their pre-assigned strength and polarity in sentiment lexicons accordingly. Our approach allows for the detection of sentiment at both entity-level and tweet-level. We evaluate our proposed approach on three Twitter datasets using three different sentiment lexicons to derive word prior sentiments. Results show that our approach significantly outperforms the baselines in accuracy and F-measure for entity-level subjectivity (neutral vs. polar) and polarity (positive vs. negative) detections. For tweet-level sentiment detection, our approach performs better than the state-of-the-art SentiStrength by 4–5% in accuracy in two datasets, but falls marginally behind by 1% in F-measure in the third dataset.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0306-4573
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
FP7 project SENSE4USGrant No. 611242EU
Not SetGrant No. GJHZ20120613110641217 Shenzhen International Cooperation Research Funding
Keywords: sentiment analysis; contextual semantics; Twitter
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
Item ID: 42471
Depositing User: Hassan Saif
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 09:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42471
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