Multiplex network embedding for implicit sentiment analysis

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As one of the hot research directions in natural language processing, sentiment analysis has received continuous and extensive attention. Different from explicit sentiment words indicating sentiment polarity, implicit sentiment analysis is a more challenging problem due to the lack of sentiment words, which makes it inadequate to use traditional sentiment analysis method to judge the polarity of implicit sentiment. This paper takes sentiment analysis as a special sign link prediction problem, which is different from traditional text-based method. In particular, by performing the word graph-based text level information embedding and heterogeneous social network information embedding (i.e. user social relationship network embedding, and user-entity sentiment network embedding), the proposed scheme learns the highly nonlinear representations of network nodes, explores early fusion method to combine the strength of these two types of embedding modeling, optimizes all parameters simultaneously and creates enhanced context representations, leading to better capture of implicit sentiment polarity. The proposed method has been examined on real-world dataset, for implicit sentiment link prediction task. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms state-of-the-art schemes, including LINE, node2vec, and SDNE, by 20.2%, 19.8%, and 14.0%, respectively, on accuracy, and achieves at least 14% gains on AUROC. For sentiment analysis accuracy, the proposed method achieves AUROC of 80.6% and accuracy of 78.3%, which is at least 31% better than other models. This work can provide useful guidance on the implicit sentiment analysis.