Comparing Overall and Targeted Sentiments in Social Media during Crises

Vargas, S., Mccreadie, R. , Macdonald, C. and Ounis, I. (2016) Comparing Overall and Targeted Sentiments in Social Media during Crises. In: 10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2016), Cologne, Germany, 17-20 May 2016,

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The tracking of citizens' reactions in social media during crises has attracted an increasing level of interest in the research community. In particular, sentiment analysis over social media posts can be regarded as a particularly useful tool, enabling civil protection and law enforcement agencies to more effectively respond during this type of situation. Prior work on sentiment analysis in social media during crises has applied well-known techniques for overall sentiment detection in posts. However, we argue that sentiment analysis of the overall post might not always be suitable, as it may miss the presence of more targeted sentiments, e.g. about the people and organizations involved (which we refer to as sentiment targets). Through a crowdsourcing study, we show that there are marked differences between the overall tweet sentiment and the sentiment expressed towards the subjects mentioned in tweets related to three crises events.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This work has been carried out in the scope of the EC SUPER EC-funded project, b/c 169758
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mccreadie, Dr Richard and Macdonald, Professor Craig and Vargas, Mr Saul and Ounis, Professor Iadh
Authors: Vargas, S., Mccreadie, R., Macdonald, C., and Ounis, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 AAAI
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