An evaluation of the role of sentiment in second screen microblog search tasks
Bermingham, Adam and Smeaton, Alan F. (2012) An evaluation of the role of sentiment in second screen microblog search tasks. In: 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM12), 4 Jun 2012, Dublin, Ireland.
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The recent prominence of the real-time web is proving both challenging and disruptive for information retrieval and web data mining research. User-generated content on the real-time web is perhaps best epitomised by content on microblogging platforms, such as Twitter. Given the substantial quantity of microblog posts that may be relevant to a user's query at a point in time, automated methods are required to sift through this information. Sentiment analysis offers a promising direction for modelling microblog content. We build and evaluate a sentiment-based filtering system using real-time user studies. We find a significant role played by sentiment in the search scenarios, observing detrimental effects in filtering out certain sentiment types. We make a series of observations regarding associations between document-level sentiment and user feedback, including associations with user profile attributes, and users' prior topic sentiment.
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