Paper: Character-to-Character Sentiment Analysis in Shakespeare’s Plays

ACL ID P13-2085
Title Character-to-Character Sentiment Analysis in Shakespeare’s Plays
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Short Paper
Year 2013
Authors

We present an automatic method for ana- lyzing sentiment dynamics between char- acters in plays. This literary format?s structured dialogue allows us to make as- sumptions about who is participating in a conversation. Once we have an idea of who a character is speaking to, the senti- ment in his or her speech can be attributed accordingly, allowing us to generate lists of a character?s enemies and allies as well as pinpoint scenes critical to a character?s emotional development. Results of ex- periments on Shakespeare?s plays are pre- sented along with discussion of how this work can be extended to unstructured texts (i.e. novels).