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2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) (2015)
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Nov. 14, 2015 to Nov. 17, 2015
ISSN: 1550-4786
ISBN: 978-1-4673-9503-8
pp: 459-468
Sentiment classification is a hot research topic in both industrial and academic fields. The mainstream sentiment classification methods are based on machine learning and treat sentiment classification as a text classification problem. However, sentiment classification is widely recognized as a highly domain-dependent task. The sentiment classifier trained in one domain may not perform well in another domain. A simple solution to this problem is training a domain-specific sentiment classifier for each domain. However, it is difficult to label enough data for every domain since they are in a large quantity. In addition, this method omits the sentiment information in other domains. In this paper, we propose to train sentiment classifiers for multiple domains in a collaborative way based on multi-task learning. Specifically, we decompose the sentiment classifier in each domain into two components, a general one and a domain-specific one. The general sentiment classifier can capture the global sentiment information and is trained across various domains to obtain better generalization ability. The domain-specific sentiment classifier is trained using the labeled data in one domain to capture the domain-specific sentiment information. In addition, we explore two kinds of relations between domains, one based on textual content and the other one based on sentiment word distribution. We build a domain similarity graph using domain relations and encode it into our approach as regularization over the domain-specific sentiment classifiers. Besides, we incorporate the sentiment knowledge extracted from sentiment lexicons to help train the general sentiment classifier more accurately. Moreover, we introduce an accelerated optimization algorithm to train the sentiment classifiers efficiently. Experimental results on two benchmark sentiment datasets show that our method can outperform baseline methods significantly and consistently.
Collaboration, Learning systems, Data mining, Training, Motion pictures, Adaptation models, Benchmark testing

F. Wu and Y. Huang, "Collaborative Multi-domain Sentiment Classification," 2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Atlantic City, NJ, USA, 2015, pp. 459-468.
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