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Twitter Sentiment Analysis for Security-Related Information Gathering

Jurek, Anna, Bi, Yaxin and Mulvenna, Maurice (2014) Twitter Sentiment Analysis for Security-Related Information Gathering. In: Proceedings 2014 IEEE Joint Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference. IEEE, The Hague, The Netherlands, pp. 48-55. ISBN 978-1-4799-6364-5/14 [Book section]

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DOI: 10.1109/JISIC.2014.17


Analysing public sentiment about future events, such as demonstration or parades, may provide valuable information while estimating the level of disruption and disorder during these events. Social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, provides views and opinions of users related to any public topics. Consequently, sentiment analysis of social media content may be of interest to different public sector organisations, especially in the security and law enforcement sector. In this paper we present a lexicon- based approach to sentiment analysis of Twitter content. The algorithm performs normalisation of the sentiment in an effort to provide intensity of the sentiment rather than positive/negative label. Following this, we evaluate an evidence-based combining function that supports the classification process in cases when positive and negative words co-occur in a tweet. Finally, we illustrate a case study examining the relation between sentiment of twitter posts related to English Defence League and the level of disorder during the EDL related events.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ID Code:30370
Deposited By: Professor Maurice Mulvenna
Deposited On:09 Oct 2014 13:46
Last Modified:09 Oct 2014 13:46

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