Latent Sentiment Detection in Online Social Networks: A Communications-oriented View

Rohit Negi, Vinay Uday Prabhu, Miguel Rodrigues

In this paper, we consider the problem of latent sentiment detection in Online Social Networks such as Twitter. We demonstrate the benefits of using the underlying social network as an Ising prior to perform network aided sentiment detection. We show that the use of the underlying network results in substantially lower detection error rates compared to strictly features-based detection. In doing so, we introduce a novel communications-oriented framework for characterizing the probability of error, based on information-theoretic analysis. We study the variation of the calculated error exponent for several stylized network topologies such as the complete network, the star network and the closed-chain network, and show the importance of the network structure in determining detection performance.

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