Date: August 2013
Creator: Biyani, Prakhar; Caragea, Cornelia; Mitra, Prasenjit; Zhou, Chong; Yen, John; Portier, Kenneth et al.
Description: Paper on co-training over domain-independent and domain-dependent features for sentiment analysis of an online cancer support community. Abstract: Sentiment analysis has been widely researched in the domain of online review sites with the aim of getting summarized opinions of product users about different aspects of the products. However, there has been little work focusing on identifying the polarity of sentiments expressed by users in online health communities such as cancer support forums, etc. Online health communities act as a medium through which people share their health concerns with fellow members of the community and get social support. Identifying sentiments expressed by members in a health community can be helpful in understanding dynamics of the community such as dominant health issues, emotional impacts of interactions on members, etc. In this work, we perform sentiment classification of user posts in an online cancer support community (Cancer Survivors Network). We use Domain-dependent and Domain-independent sentiment features as the two complementary views of a post and use them for post classification in a semi-supervised setting using the co-training algorithm. Experimental results demonstrate effectiveness of our methods.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Engineering