TECH | May 15, 2018

10 minutes with Sentiment Analysis

Which resources to consult in the coffee break to learn more about Sentiment Analysis?

10 minutes. In 10 minutes we cannot deal with a topic as interesting as it is complex as that of Sentiment Analysis, namely, the possibility to analyze comments, exchanges of opinion and interactions that take place on the Internet among users and which, in fact, measure “sentiment”. However, in many small 10-minute breaks we can approach the theme, smell it, understand if it interests us and arouses our curiosity for going on to collect insights that little by little lead us to understand more the methodology, purpose and opportunity of this “Tech Medicine”.

Before starting out on any exploration you might want to go and take a look at Plutchik’s “wheel of emotions”, which is at the base of the design of some sentiment analysis platforms and which shows how to approach the analysis.

Sitting in front of a cup of coffee we can consult books, blogs and follow some interesting person. Ingenium visionists Grazia Cazzin, Gabriele Ruffatti, Paolo Raineri e Michele Gabusi.


Starting from the possibility of taking a book with you to the coffee break, certainly worth downloading or buying in its full version there is the text by Bing Liu, which is dated 2012 but that certainly gives a view on the subject. The title refers precisely to the subject matter treated: “Sentiment analysis and opinion mining” and is part of the “Synthesis lectures on human language technologies” series.

Another ebook, written in Italian by Stefania Spina, professor at the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of the University for Foreigners of Perugia, is #fiumidiparole. Discorso e grammatica delle conversazioni scritte in Twitter, or a systematic study of the linguistic and discursive aspects of the interactions present on the social network of tweets, based on a large sample of real data, analyzed also through statistical-quantitative methodologies.


The possible blogs to keep an eye on certainly include SemEval which offers conferences, workshops, competitions and more in the semantic field. It also contains various useful technical contents.

Break Through Analysis, another blog on the subject, offers several examples of application of Sentiment Analysis in different contexts.

To follow on Twitter

If you want to use the 10 minutes to browse the resources recommended by some Twitter profiles, you can click on the “Follow” alongside the names of Seth Grimes, who can also be read through his blog Alta Plana, and Italians Andrea Albanese, Matteo Flora e The Fool.

If then, in addition to being intrigued, you want to test some useful platform for approaching Sentiment Analysis, some suggestions on those recommended can be found here.

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