Implicit aspect extraction in sentiment analysis: Review, taxonomy, oppportunities, and open challenges

Tubishat, Mohammad and Idris, Norisma and Abushariah, Mohammad Abd-Alrahman Mahmoud (2018) Implicit aspect extraction in sentiment analysis: Review, taxonomy, oppportunities, and open challenges. Information Processing & Management, 54 (4). pp. 545-563. ISSN 0306-4573, DOI

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Sentiment analysis is a text classification branch, which is defined as the process of extracting sentiment terms (i.e. feature/aspect, or opinion) and determining their opinion semantic orientation. At aspect level, aspect extraction is the core task for sentiment analysis which can either be implicit or explicit aspects. The growth of sentiment analysis has resulted in the emergence of various techniques for both explicit and implicit aspect extraction. However, majority of the research attempts targeted explicit aspect extraction, which indicates that there is a lack of research on implicit aspect extraction. This research provides a review of implicit aspect/features extraction techniques from different perspectives. The first perspective is making a comparison analysis for the techniques available for implicit term extraction with a brief summary of each technique. The second perspective is classifying and comparing the performance, datasets, language used, and shortcomings of the available techniques. In this study, over 50 articles have been reviewed, however, only 45 articles on implicit aspect extraction that span from 2005 to 2016 were analyzed and discussed. Majority of the researchers on implicit aspects extraction rely heavily on unsupervised methods in their research, which makes about 64% of the 45 articles, followed by supervised methods of about 27%, and lastly semi-supervised of 9%. In addition, 25 articles conducted the research work solely on product reviews, and 5 articles conducted their research work using product reviews jointly with other types of data, which makes product review datasets the most frequently used data type compared to other types. Furthermore, research on implicit aspect features extraction has focused on English and Chinese languages compared to other languages. Finally, this review also provides recommendations for future research directions and open problems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aspect extraction; Implicit aspect; Implicit feature; Sentiment analysis; Sentiment extraction
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Department of Artificial Intelligence
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 08:44

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