The Social Mood of News: Self-reported Annotations to Design Automatic Mood Detection Systems

Abstract

In this paper, we address the issue of automatic prediction of readers’ mood from newspaper articles and comments. As online newspapers are becoming more and more similar to social media platforms, users can provide affective feedback, such as mood and emotion. We have exploited the self-reported annotation of mood categories obtained from the metadata of the Italian online newspaper corriere.it to design and evaluate a system for predicting five different mood categories from news articles and comments: indignation, disappointment, worry, satisfaction, and amusement. The outcome of our experiments shows that overall, bag-of-word-ngrams perform better compared to all other feature sets; however, stylometric features perform better for the mood score prediction of articles. Our study shows that self-reported annotations can be used to design automatic mood prediction systems.

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@inproceedings{Alam2016TheSM, title={The Social Mood of News: Self-reported Annotations to Design Automatic Mood Detection Systems}, author={Firoj Alam and Fabio Celli and Evgeny A. Stepanov and Arindam Ghosh and Giuseppe Riccardi}, year={2016} }