Incorporation of Target Specific Knowledge for Sentiment Analysis on Microblogging

Yongyos KAEWPITAKKUN  Kiyoaki SHIRAI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E99-D   No.4   pp.959-968
Publication Date: 2016/04/01
Publicized: 2016/01/14
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015DAP0021
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Data Engineering and Information Management)
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Keyword: 
sentiment analysis,  machine learning,  microblogging,  sentiment lexicon,  polarity of target,  

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Summary: 
Sentiment analysis of microblogging has become an important classification task because a large amount of user-generated content is published on the Internet. In Twitter, it is common that a user expresses several sentiments in one tweet. Therefore, it is important to classify the polarity not of the whole tweet but of a specific target about which people express their opinions. Moreover, the performance of the machine learning approach greatly depends on the domain of the training data and it is very time-consuming to manually annotate a large set of tweets for a specific domain. In this paper, we propose a method for sentiment classification at the target level by incorporating the on-target sentiment features and user-aware features into the classifier trained automatically from the data createdfor the specific target. An add-on lexicon, extended target list, and competitor list are also constructed as knowledge sources for the sentiment analysis. None of the processes in the proposed framework require manual annotation. The results of our experiment show that our method is effective and improves on the performance of sentiment classification compared to the baselines.