Avoid violence, rioting, and outrage; approach celebration, delight, and strength: Using large text corpora to compute valence, arousal, and the basic emotions.

@article{Westbury2015AvoidVR,
  title={Avoid violence, rioting, and outrage; approach celebration, delight, and strength: Using large text corpora to compute valence, arousal, and the basic emotions.},
  author={C. F. Westbury and Jeff Keith and Benny B. Briesemeister and Markus J. Hofmann and Arthur M. Jacobs},
  journal={Quarterly journal of experimental psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={68 8},
  pages={1599-622}
}
Ever since Aristotle discussed the issue in Book II of his Rhetoric, humans have attempted to identify a set of "basic emotion labels". In this paper we propose an algorithmic method for evaluating sets of basic emotion labels that relies upon computed co-occurrence distances between words in a 12.7-billion-word corpus of unselected text from USENET discussion groups. Our method uses the relationship between human arousal and valence ratings collected for a large list of words, and the co… CONTINUE READING
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