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Title 'Aye' or 'No'? Speech-level Sentiment Analysis of Hansard UK Parliamentary Debate Transcripts
Authors Gavin Abercrombie and Riza Batista-Navarro
Abstract Transcripts of UK parliamentary debates provide access to the opinions of politicians towards important topics, but due to the large quantity of textual data and the specialised language used, they are not straightforward for humans to process. We apply opinion mining methods to these transcripts to classify the sentiment polarity of speakers as being either positive or negative towards the motions proposed in the debates. We compare classification performance on a novel corpus using both manually annotated sentiment labels and labels derived from the speakers' votes (`aye' or `no'). We introduce a two-step classification model, and evaluate the performance of both one- and two-step models, and the use of a range of textual and contextual features. Results suggest that textual features are more indicative of manually annotated class labels. Contextual metadata features however, boost performance are particularly indicative of vote labels. Use of the two-step debate model results in performance gains and appears to capture some of the complexity of the debate format. Optimum performance on this data is achieved using all features to train a multi-layer neural network, indicating that such models may be most able to exploit the relationships between textual and contextual cues in parliamentary debate speeches.
Topics Opinion Mining / Sentiment Analysis, Text Mining, Document Classification, Text Categorisation
Full paper 'Aye' or 'No'? Speech-level Sentiment Analysis of Hansard UK Parliamentary Debate Transcripts
Bibtex @InProceedings{ABERCROMBIE18.741,
  author = {Gavin Abercrombie and Riza Batista-Navarro},
  title = "{'Aye' or 'No'? Speech-level Sentiment Analysis of Hansard UK Parliamentary Debate Transcripts}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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