Interactive Attention Transfer Network for Cross-Domain Sentiment Classification

  • Kai Zhang University of Science and Technology of China
  • Hefu Zhang University of Science and Technology of China
  • Qi Liu University of Science and Technology of China
  • Hongke Zhao University of Science and Technology of China
  • Hengshu Zhu Baidu Inc.
  • Enhong Chen University of Science and Technology of China

Abstract

Cross-domain sentiment classification refers to utilizing useful knowledge in the source domain to help sentiment classification in the target domain which has few or no labeled data. Most existing methods mainly concentrate on extracting common features between domains. Unfortunately, they cannot fully consider the effects of the aspect (e.g., the battery life in reviewing an electronic product) information of the sentences. In order to better solve this problem, we propose an Interactive Attention Transfer Network (IATN) for crossdomain sentiment classification. IATN provides an interactive attention transfer mechanism, which can better transfer sentiment across domains by incorporating information of both sentences and aspects. Specifically, IATN comprises two attention networks, one of them is to identify the common features between domains through domain classification, and the other aims to extract information from the aspects by using the common features as a bridge. Then, we conduct interactive attention learning for those two networks so that both the sentences and the aspects can influence the final sentiment representation. Extensive experiments on the Amazon reviews dataset and crowdfunding reviews dataset not only demonstrate the effectiveness and universality of our method, but also give an interpretable way to track the attention information for sentiment.

Published
2019-07-17
Section
AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning