Articles written in Sadhana
Volume 45 All articles Published: 6 August 2020 Article ID 0196
Sentiment analysis is an essential step for analysing social media texts such as tweets and other posts on the various micro-blogging sites. The basic step of sentiment analysis is sentiment polarity detection, which identifies whether an input piece of social media text is positive, negative or neutral. In this paper, wepresent an approach that combines heterogeneous classifiers in an ensemble for sentiment polarity detection in Bengali and Hindi tweets. Our proposed method constructs an ensemble of three different base classifiers where the feature set for each base classifier is different from each other. We have also incorporated an external knowledge base called sentiment lexicon to augment tweet words with sentiment polarity information retrieved from the sentiment lexicon. Experimental results show the effectiveness of our proposed heterogeneous ensemble model for sentiment polarity detection for both Bengali and Hindi languages. It has been shown that our system outperforms other existing Bengali and Hindi sentiment classification systems to which it is compared.