Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Text sentiment visualizer

Andrew Gelman has a post about this interesting tool to visualize text sentiment, created by one of his students. The example he provides is below. I have three comments.

1. The opening of Moby-Dick is the greatest opening of a novel ever.

2. "Deep neural networks" appear to have some difficulty gauging sentiment. The lengthy fourth sentence has a quite negative tone, unless the software is picking up on the humor. Some of the sentences it identifies as strongly negative seem relatively cheerful to me, by comparison.

3. Conclusion: This text sentiment visualizer needs to read more great literature!

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