Paper: Identifying Sarcasm in Twitter: A Closer Look

ACL ID P11-2102
Title Identifying Sarcasm in Twitter: A Closer Look
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2011

Sarcasm transforms the polarity of an ap- parently positive or negative utterance into its opposite. We report on a method for constructing a corpus of sarcastic Twitter messages in which determination of the sarcasm of each message has been made by its author. We use this reliable corpus to compare sarcastic utterances in Twitter to utterances that express positive or negative attitudes without sarcasm. We investigate the impact of lexical and pragmatic factors on machine learning effectiveness for iden- tifying sarcastic utterances and we compare the performance of machine learning tech- niques and human judges on this task. Per- haps unsurprisingly, neither the human judges nor the machine learning techniques perform very well.