Open-Domain Targeted Sentiment Analysis via Span-Based Extraction and Classification

Open-domain targeted sentiment analysis aims to detect opinion targets along with their sentiment polarities from a sentence. Prior work typically formulates this task as a sequence tagging problem. However, such formulation suffers from problems such as huge search space and sentiment inconsistency. To address these problems, we propose a span-based extract-then-classify framework, where multiple opinion targets are directly extracted from the sentence under the supervision of target span boundaries, and corresponding polarities are then classified using their span representations. We further investigate three approaches under this framework, namely the pipeline, joint, and collapsed models. Experiments on three benchmark datasets show that our approach consistently outperforms the sequence tagging baseline. Moreover, we find that the pipeline model achieves the best performance compared with the other two models.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Aspect Term Extraction and Sentiment Classification SemEval SPAN-BERT Avg F1 65.74 # 4
Restaurant 2014 (F1) 73.68 # 3
Laptop 2014 (F1) 61.25 # 5
Restaurant 2015 (F1) 62.29 # 4
Aspect-Based Sentiment Analysis SemEval 2014 Task 4 Laptop SPAN F1 68.06 # 1
Sentiment Analysis SemEval 2014 Task 4 Subtask 1+2 SPAN F1 68.06 # 2
Aspect-Based Sentiment Analysis SemEval 2014 Task 4 Subtask 1+2 SPAN F1 68.06 # 2


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