Text Mining to Understand Emotion Triggers
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In computational linguistics, most sentiment analysis builds binary classification models on customer reviews data to predict whether a review is positive or negative. In this thesis, we go a step further and build interpretable classification models to predict fine-grained emotions associated with text (such as happy, sad, productive and tired). This analysis is enabled by a unique journaling dataset containing short pieces of text and associated emotional status self-reported by writers. To further study what people feel emotional about (emotion triggers), we perform model interpretation. We make two main contributions. First, we apply state-of-the-art text mining methodologies to extract emotion triggers from text, during which we discover and solve an issue with the attention mechanism in a popular deep learning model (Dynamic Memory Network). Second, we obtain data-driven evidence of emotion triggers based on a group of 67,000 people, which contributes to a better understanding of emotion triggers from the perspective of public mental health.
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Liuyan Chen (2019). Text Mining to Understand Emotion Triggers. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/14636