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Exploiting Emoticons to Generate Emotional Dictionaries from Facebook Pages

  • Hanen Ameur
  • Salma Jamoussi
  • Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 57)

Abstract

During the first events of the Tunisian revolution, the social network, Facebook, played a key role in Tunisia and everywhere in the world. It became the first political tool that allows the Tunisian people to share trending news in actual time. Facebook provides the opportunity for users to comment on the news by expressing their sentiments. In this paper, we focus on emotion analysis of Tunisian Facebook pages. To do this, we first collect comments from the Facebook pages in order to analyze sentiments written in Tunisian dialect. Then, we propose a new method for emotional dictionaries construction. In fact, we distinguish nine emotional classes: surprised, satisfied, happy, gleeful, romantic, disappointed, sad, angry and disgusted. At this step, we focus on the use of emotion symbols as indicators of sentiment polarity. Finally, we present the experimental results of our method. Our system achieves effective and consistent results.

Keywords

Sentiment analysis Emotion analysis Emotional dictionaries Tunisian dialect Emotion symbols Political lexicon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanen Ameur
    • 1
  • Salma Jamoussi
    • 1
  • Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou
    • 1
  1. 1.Multimedia InfoRmation Systems and Advanced Computing LaboratoryMIRACL-Sfax University, Sfax-Tunisia Technopole of SfaxSfaxTunisia

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