Paper: An opinion about opinions about opinions: subjectivity and the aggregate reader

ACL ID N13-1081
Title An opinion about opinions about opinions: subjectivity and the aggregate reader
Venue Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013
Authors

This opinion piece proposes that recent ad- vances in opinion detection are limited in the extent to which they can detect important cat- egories of opinion because they are not de- signed to capture some of the pragmatic as- pects of opinion. A component of these is the perspective of the user of an opinion-mining system as to what an opinion really is, which is in itself a matter of opinion (metasubjectivity). We propose a way to define this component of opinion and describe the challenges it poses for corpus development and sentence-level de- tection technologies. Finally, we suggest that investment in techniques to handle metasub- jectivity will likely bear costs but bring bene- fits in the longer term.