Sentiment Analysis of Turkish Political News

Kaya M., Fidan G., TOROSLU İ. H.

11th IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT), Macau, China, 4 - 07 December 2012, pp.174-180 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/wi-iat.2012.115
  • City: Macau
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.174-180
  • Keywords: Sentiment Analysis, Turkish, Machine Learning, News Domain, NLP


In this paper, sentiment classification techniques are incorporated into the domain of political news from columns in different Turkish news sites. We compared four supervised machine learning algorithms of Naive Bayes, Maximum Entropy, SVM and the character based N-Gram Language Model for sentiment classification of Turkish political columns. We also discussed in detail the problem of sentiment classification in the political news domain. We observe from empirical findings that the Maximum Entropy and N-Gram Language Model outperformed the SVM and Naive Bayes. Using different features, all the approaches reached accuracies of 65% to 77%.