Imbalanced Sentiment Classification Enhanced with Discourse Marker

28 Mar 2019  ·  Tao Zhang, Xing Wu, Meng Lin, Jizhong Han, Songlin Hu ·

Imbalanced data commonly exists in real world, espacially in sentiment-related corpus, making it difficult to train a classifier to distinguish latent sentiment in text data. We observe that humans often express transitional emotion between two adjacent discourses with discourse markers like "but", "though", "while", etc, and the head discourse and the tail discourse 3 usually indicate opposite emotional tendencies. Based on this observation, we propose a novel plug-and-play method, which first samples discourses according to transitional discourse markers and then validates sentimental polarities with the help of a pretrained attention-based model. Our method increases sample diversity in the first place, can serve as a upstream preprocessing part in data augmentation. We conduct experiments on three public sentiment datasets, with several frequently used algorithms. Results show that our method is found to be consistently effective, even in highly imbalanced scenario, and easily be integrated with oversampling method to boost the performance on imbalanced sentiment classification.

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