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Sentiment Analysis and Social Media

Sentiment Analysis and Social Media

Luigi CuriniRobert A. Fahey

‘How Does It Make You Feel?’

Sentiment analysis, sometimes also called tone analysis (Grimmer and Stewart, 2013) or opinion mining (Dave et al., 2003), is a set of methods designed to answer the same deceptively simple question – how do people feel about a given subject? More precisely, given a specific topic (which might be a product in the case of a marketing analysis, or a politician, party or policy in the case of a political analysis), do the authors of a certain set of texts express positive or negative feelings with regard to that topic?

This is the kind of task which humans generally find intuitive and simple, but which transpires to be exceptionally complex and difficult ...

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