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Towards a validated model for affective classification of texts

By M. Genereux and Roger Evans

Abstract

In this paper, we present the results of experiments aiming to validate a two-dimensional typology of affective states as a suitable basis for affective classification of texts. Using a corpus of English weblog posts, annotated for mood by their authors, we trained support vector machine binary classifiers to distinguish texts on the basis of their affiliation with one region of the space. We then report on experiments which go a step further, using four-class classifiers based on automated scoring of texts for each dimension of the typology. Our results indicate that it is possible to extend the standard binary sentiment analysis (positive/negative) approach to a two dimensional model (positive/negative; active/passive), and provide some evidence to support a more fine-grained classification along these two axes

Topics: Q100 Linguistics, G700 Artificial Intelligence
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.brighton.ac.uk:3186

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