Automatic extraction of opinion propositions and their holders

Steven Bethard, Hong Yu, Ashley Thornton, Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou, Dan Jurafsky

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We identify a new task in the ongoing analysis of opinions: finding prepositional opinions, sentential complements which for many verbs contain the actual opinion, rather than full opinion sentences. We propose an extension of semantic parsing techniques, coupled with additional lexical and syntactic features, that can produce labels for prepositional opinions as opposed to other syntactic constituents. We describe the annotation of a small corpus of 5,139 sentences with prepositional opinion information, and use this corpus to evaluate our methods. We also present results that indicate that the proposed methods can be extended to the related task of identifying opinion holders and associating them with prepositional opinions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2004Mar 24 2004


Other2004 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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