Sentiment extraction and classification for the analysis of users’ interest in tweets

Alfredo Milani (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy)
Niyogi Rajdeep (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Nimita Mangal (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Rajat Kumar Mudgal (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Valentina Franzoni (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose an approach for the analysis of user interest based on tweets, which can be used in the design of user recommendation systems. The extract topics are seen positively by the user.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed approach is based on the combination of sentiment extraction and classification analysis of tweet to extract the topic of interest. The proposed hybrid method is original. The topic extraction phase uses a method based on semantic distance in the WordNet taxonomy. Sentiment extraction uses NLPcore.

Findings

The algorithm has been extensively tested using real tweets generated by 1,000 users. The results are quite encouraging and outperform state-of-the-art results and confirm the suitability of the approach combining sentiment and categorization for the topic of interest extraction.

Research limitations/implications

The hybrid method combining sentiment extraction and classification for user positive topics represents a novel contribution with many potential applications.

Practical implications

The functionality of positive topic extraction is very useful as a component in the design of a recommender system based on user profiling from Twitter user behaviors.

Social implications

The application of the proposed method in short-text social network can be massive and beyond the applications in tweets.

Originality/value

There are few works that have considered both sentiment analysis and classification to find out users’ interest. The algorithm has been extensively tested using real tweets generated by 1,000 users. The results are quite encouraging and outperform state-of-the-art results.

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Citation

Milani, A., Rajdeep, N., Mangal, N., Mudgal, R. and Franzoni, V. (2018), "Sentiment extraction and classification for the analysis of users’ interest in tweets", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 29-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWIS-12-2016-0069

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