Classifying sentiment in microblogs: is brevity an advantage?
Bermingham, Adam and Smeaton, Alan F. (2010) Classifying sentiment in microblogs: is brevity an advantage? In: CIKM 2010 - 19th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, 26-30 October 2010, Toronto, Canada. ISBN 978-1-4503-0099-5
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Microblogs as a new textual domain offer a unique proposition for sentiment analysis. Their short document length suggests any sentiment they contain is compact and explicit. However, this short length coupled with their noisy nature can pose difficulties for standard machine learning document representations. In this work we examine the hypothesis that it is easier to classify the sentiment in these short form documents than in longer form documents. Surprisingly, we find classifying sentiment in microblogs easier than in blogs and make a number of observations pertaining to the challenge of supervised learning for sentiment analysis in microblogs.
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