Aspect-Based Extraction and Analysis of Affective Knowledge from Social Media Streams

Albert Weichselbraun, Stefan Gindl, Fabian Fischer, Svitlana Vakulenko, Arno Scharl

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Extracting and analyzing affective knowledge from social media in a structured manner is a challenging task. Decision makers require insights into the public perception of a company's products and services, as a strategic feedback channel to guide communication campaigns, and as an early warning system to quickly react in the case of unforeseen events. The approach presented in this article goes beyond bipolar metrics of sentiment. It combines factual and affective knowledge extracted from rich public knowledge bases to analyze emotions expressed toward specific entities (targets) in social media. The authors obtain common and common-sense domain knowledge from DBpedia and ConceptNet to identify potential sentiment targets. They employ affective knowledge about emotional categories available from SenticNet to assess how those targets and their aspects (such as specific product features) are perceived in social media. An evaluation shows the usefulness and correctness of the extracted domain knowledge, which is used in a proof-of-concept data analytics application to investigate the perception of car brands on social media in the period between September and November 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80 - 88
JournalIEEE Intelligent Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • 102001 Artificial intelligence

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