AAAI Publications, Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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Exploring Feature Definition and Selection for Sentiment Classifiers
Yelena Mejova, Padmini Srinivasan

Last modified: 2011-07-05


In this paper, we systematically explore feature definition and selection strategies for sentiment polarity classification. We begin by exploring basic questions, such as whether to use stemming, term frequency versus binary weighting, negation-enriched features, n-grams or phrases. We then move onto more complex aspects including feature selection using frequency-based vocabulary trimming, part-of-speech and lexicon selection (three types of lexicons), as well as using expected Mutual Information (MI). Using three product and movie review datasets of various sizes, we show, for example, that some techniques are more beneficial for larger datasets than the smaller. A classifier trained on only few features ranked high by MI outperformed one trained on all features in large datasets, yet in small dataset this did not prove to be true. Finally, we perform a space and computation cost analysis to further understand the merits of various feature types.

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