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Opinion mining, sentiment analysis

IA161 Advanced NLP Course, Course Guarantee: Aleš Horák

Prepared by: Zuzana Nevěřilová

State of the Art

Sentiment analysis can be seen as a text categorization task (i.e. is the writer's opinion on a discussed topic X or Y?). It consists of detection of the topic (which can be easy in focused reviews) and detection of the sentiment (which is generally difficult). Opinions are sometimes expressed in a very subtle manner (e.g. the sentence How could anyone sit through this movie? contains no negative word) [3]. The sentiments are usually simply classified by their polarity (positive, negative) but they can be recognized more in depth (e.g. strongly negative). Recognized opinions are also subject to summarization (e.g. how many people like this new iPhone design?).


  1. Bing Liu. Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining. Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies. 2012, 5(1): 1-167. DOI: 10.2200/s00416ed1v01y201204hlt016. Draft version available at
  2. Bing Liu. Sentiment Analysis Tutorial. AAAI-2011, August 8, 2011. Slides available at
  3. Bo Pang, Lillian Lee, and Shivakumar Vaithyanathan, Thumbs up? Sentiment Classification using Machine Learning Techniques, Proceedings of EMNLP 2002.

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Practical Session

Train classifier on the Movie Review Data Measure precision, recall, and F1-score.

Train classifier on e-shop evaluation provided by customers and users of Measure precision, recall, and F1-score.

Discuss the differences between training classifiers on Czech and English data.

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