University of Pittsburgh

Implicature in Opinion Analysis

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

While previous sentiment analysis research has concentrated on the interpretation of explicitly stated opinions and attitudes, this work addresses the computational study of a type of opinion implicature (i.e., opinion-oriented inference) in text.  This talk will describe a framework for representing and analyzing opinion implicatures which promises to contribute to deeper automatic interpretation of subjective language.  In the course of understanding implicatures, the system recognizes implicit sentiments (and beliefs) toward various events and entities in the sentence, often attributed to different sources (holders) and of mixed polarities; thus, it produces a richer interpretation than is typical in opinion analysis.

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