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Sentiment analysis of Twitter data during critical events through Bayesian networks classifiers - 2020

Research Area:  Machine Learning


Sentiment analysis through machine learning using Twitter data has become a popular topic in recent years. Here we address the problem of sentiment analysis during critical events such as natural disasters or social movements. We consider Bayesian network classifiers to perform sentiment analysis on two datasets in Spanish: the 2010 Chilean earthquake and the 2017 Catalan independence referendum. In order to automatically control the number of edges that are supported by the training examples in the Bayesian network classifier, we adopt a Bayes factor approach for this purpose, yielding more realistic networks. The results show the effectiveness of using the Bayes factor measure as well as its competitive predictive results when compared to support vector machines and random forests, given a sufficient number of training examples. Also, the resulting networks allow to identify the relations amongst words, offering interesting qualitative information to historically and socially comprehend the main features of the event dynamics.

Author(s) Name:  Gonzalo A. Ruz,Pablo A. Henríquez,Aldo Mascareño

Journal name:  Future Generation Computer Systems

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Publisher name:  Elsevier

DOI:  10.1016/j.future.2020.01.005

Volume Information:  Volume 106, May 2020, Pages 92-104