Joint Bilingual Sentiment Classification with Unlabeled Parallel Corpora

Bin Lu, Chenhao Tan, Claire Cardie, Benjamin K. Tsou
In Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL'2011)

Most previous work on multilingual sentiment analysis has focused on methods to adapt sentiment resources from resource-rich languages to resource-poor languages. We present a novel approach for joint bilingual sentiment classification at the sentence level that augments available labeled data in each language with unlabeled parallel data. We rely on the intuition that the sentiment labels for parallel sentences should be similar and present a model that jointly learns improved monolingual sentiment classifiers for each language. Experiments on multiple data sets show that the proposed approach (1) outperforms the monolingual baselines, significantly improving the accuracy for both languages by 3.44%-8.12%; (2) outperforms two standard approaches for leveraging unlabeled data; and (3) produces (albeit smaller) performance gains when employing pseudo-parallel data from machine translation engines.


     author = {Bin Lu and Chenhao Tan and Claire Cardie and Benjamin K. Tsou},
     title = {Joint Bilingual Sentiment Classification with Unlabeled Parallel Corpora},
     year = {2011},
     booktitle = {Proceedings of ACL}