SentiCite - An Approach for Publication Sentiment Analysis

Dominique Mercier; Akansha Bhardwaj; Andreas Dengel; Sheraz Ahmed
In: Ana Paula Rocha; Jaap van den Herik (Hrsg.). International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART), 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, January 16-18, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, SCITEPRESS, 2018.


With the rapid growth in the number of scientific publications, year after year, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify quality authoritative work on a single topic. Though there is an availability of scientometric measures which promise to offer a solution to this problem, these measures are mostly quantitative and rely, for instance, only on the number of times an article is cited. With this approach, it becomes irrelevant if an article is cited 10 times in a positive, negative or neutral way. In this context, it is quite important to study the qualitative aspect of a citation to understand its significance. This paper presents a novel system for sentiment analysis of citations in scientific documents (SentiCite) and is also capable of detecting nature of citations by targeting the motivation behind a citation, e.g., reference to a dataset, reading reference. Furthermore, the paper also presents two datasets (SentiCiteDB and IntentCiteDB) containing about 2,600 citations with their ground truth for sentiment and nature of citation. SentiCite along with other state-of-the-art methods for sentiment analysis are evaluated on the presented datasets. Evaluation results reveal that SentiCite outperforms state-of-the-art methods for sentiment analysis in scientific publications by achieving a F1-measure of 0.71.

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