Discovering K Web User Groups with Specific Aspect Interests

  • Jianfeng Si
  • Qing Li
  • Tieyun Qian
  • Xiaotie Deng
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7376)


Online review analysis becomes a hot research topic recently. Most of the existing works focus on the problems of review summarization, aspect identification or opinion mining from an item’s point of view such as the quality and popularity of products. Considering the fact that authors of these review texts may pay different attentions to different domain-based product aspects with respect to their own interests, in this paper, we aim to learn K user groups with specific aspect interests indicated by their review writings. Such K user groups’ identification can facilitate better understanding of customers’ interests which are crucial for application like product improvement on customer-oriented design or diverse marketing strategies. Instead of using a traditional text clustering approach, we treat the clusterId as a hidden variable and use a permutation-based structural topic model called KMM. Through this model, we infer K groups’ distribution by discovering not only the frequency of reviewers’ product aspects, but also the occurrence priority of respective aspects. Our experiment on several real-world review datasets demonstrates a competitive solution.


User Group Topic Model Sentiment Analysis Online Review Topic Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jianfeng Si
    • 1
  • Qing Li
    • 1
  • Tieyun Qian
    • 2
  • Xiaotie Deng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCity University of Hong KongHong Kong, China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Software EngineeringWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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