Transfer Learning Using Twitter Data for Improving Sentiment Classification of Turkish Political News

Kaya M., Fidan G., TOROSLU İ. H.

28th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS), Paris, France, 28 - 29 October 2013, vol.264, pp.139-148 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 264
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-01604-7_14
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.139-148
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, we aim to determine the overall sentiment classification of Turkish political columns. That is, our goal is to determine whether the whole document has positive or negative opinion regardless of its subject. In order to enhance the performance of the classification, transfer learning is applied from unlabeled Twitter data to labeled political columns. A variation of self-taught learning has been proposed, and implemented for the classification. Different machine learning techniques, including support vector machine, maximum entropy classification, and Naive-Bayes has been used for the supervised learning phase. In our experiments we have obtained up to 26 % increase in the accuracy of the classification with the inclusion of the Twitter data into the sentiment classification of Turkish political columns using transfer learning.