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International Journal of Computer Science Engineering and Information Technology Research (IJCSEITR) ISSN 2249-6831 Vol. 3, Issue 4, Oct 2013, 121-128 © TJPRC Pvt. Ltd.

OPINION MINING FROM TEXT IN MOVIE DOMAIN NIDHI MISHRA & C. K. JHA Department of AIM & ACT, Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, India

ABSTRACT With emergence of web 2.0, there is a burst of movie domain opinion rich resources in the form of review sites like IMDB, yahoo movies etc. These resources contain public opinion on the movies which could help others in their decision making processes. These opinions could be expressed on different aspects of movie such as cast crew, story line etc. in number of sentences. Unlike product review sites, in which one or more bad features makes it bad overall, movie review sites do not follow the same presumption. Hence feature based review mining of movies are required so that people get opinions on the basis of individual feature. In this paper, we compute opinion of the feature of movie such as story, star cast, direction etc. and present the related text fragment to the user.

KEYWORDS: Opinion Mining, Machine Learning, Sentiments, Polarity, SentiWordNet INTRODUCTION The textual information on the web comprises of two things facts and opinion [3.17, 19]. The facts are objective expression which describes entities, events and properties where as opinion is subjective expression which identifies people’s opinion, suggestion, emotions and sentiments towards objects [9, 10, 15]. Current search engine retrieves facts through keyword matching, popularity etc [1]. These search engines could not mine opinion from textual information. Opinion mining deals with recognizing, classifying subjective text and finding the user’s sentiment combined in opinion rich resources. There is large number of movie related opinion rich resources such as IMDB, yahoo Movies, Roger Ebert available on web which contains public opinions related to the same. These customers feedback on the movie review sites are growing exponentially with the time [23, 25, 33, 34]. These feedbacks could help others in making opinion or judgment about movie or its aspects such as actors, storyline etc. This research calls for opinion mining in movie domain. Opinion mining requires complex natural language processing and understanding techniques that could extracts sentiments from the expressed text [14, 22, 32]. Literature on opinion mining operate at document level, sentence level, feature level or word level [3,7,12,17]. For the task of movie domain opinion mining, the feature based analysis is more appropriate. As one or more bad feature of a movie does not make movie bad as a whole unlike products which follow different presumption. There are various literatures available on movie domain opinion mining. In one of the recent prominent work, S. Agrawal presents the summarization on the basis of features of movies [29]. The sentences which contain the desired feature are processed through technique to give opinion in the form of ratings. Such technique could fell flat if the sentence contains mixed opinion on different features e.g. the performance of actor is good but that of actress is bad. Here the feature score of actor is neutral as the sentence contains ‘bad’ and ‘good’ which neutralize each other. The technique could fall flat in case of compound sentences in which there could be mixed opinion on different features. Hence segmentation of sentence into clauses based on feature is required to yield better results. This is motive of our work in this paper. This paper is an extension to our work is which is carried out in my paper [29] titled- “Restricted domain opinion mining in compound sentence” accepted in IEEE CSNT-2013 International Conference.


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Rest of the paper is organized as follows Section 2 deals about literature survey of opinion mining techniques Section 3 discuss the opinion mining in compound sentence. In section 4 discuss the experiments and results. Finally we conclude our discussion in Section 5.

LITERATURE SURVEY & DISCUSSION ABOUT OPINION MINING TASK [35, 36, 37] In order to give more effect into the problem of opinion mining, we discuss the domain overview and various kinds of opinion mining. The opinion mining is often associated with the information retrieval. The information retrieval works on objective data but the opinion mining works on subjective data. The task of opinion mining is to find the opinion of an object whether it is positive or negative. The concept of an opinion mining is given by Hu and Liu [2]. They put most effect on their work and said that the basic components of an opinion are: 

Opinion Holder: It is the person that gives a specific opinion on an object.

Object: It is entity on which an opinion is expressed by user.

Opinion: It is a view, sentiment, or appraisal of an object done by user.

Document Level Opinion Mining The Document level opinion mining is about classifying the overall opinion presented by the authors in the entire document as positive, negative or neutral about a certain object [3] [4]. The assumption is taken at document level is that each document focus on single object and contains opinion from a single opinion holder. Turney [27] present a work based on distance measure of adjectives found in whole document with known polarity i.e. excellent or poor. The author presents a three step algorithm i.e. in the first step; the adjectives are extracted along with a word that provides appropriate information. Second step, the semantic orientation is captured by measuring the distance from words of known polarity. Third step, the algorithm counts the average semantic orientation for all word pairs and classifies a review as recommended or not. In contrast, Pang et al. [5] present a work based on classic topic classification techniques. The proposed approach aims to test whether a selected group of machine learning algorithms can produce good result when opinion mining is perceived as document level, associated with two topics: positive and negative. He present the results using nave bayes, maximum entropy and support vector machine algorithms and shown the good results as comparable to other ranging from 71 to 85% depending on the method and test data sets. Besides from the document-level opinion mining, the next subsection discusses the classification of opinion mining at the sentence-level, which classify each sentence as a subjective or objective and determine the positive or negative opinion. Sentence Level Opinion Mining The sentence level opinion mining is associated with two tasks [6] [7] [8]. First one is to identify whether the given sentence is subjective (opinionated) or objective. The second one is to find opinion of an opinionated sentence as positive, negative or neutral. The assumption is taken at sentence level is that a sentence contain only one opinion for e.g., “The picture quality of this camera is good.” However, it is not true in many cases like if we consider compound sentence for e.g., “The picture quality of this camera is amazing and so is the battery life, but the viewfinder is too small for such a great camera”, expresses both positive and negative opinions and we say it is a mixed opinion. For “picture quality” and “battery life”, the sentence is positive, but for “viewfinder”, it is negative. It is also positive for the camera as a whole. Riloff and Wiebe [11] use a method called bootstrap approach to identify the subjective sentences and achieve the result around 90% accuracy during their tests. In contrast, Yu and Hatzivassiloglou [13] talk about sentence classification (subjective/objective) and orientation (positive/negative/neutral). For the sentence classification, author’s present three

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different algorithms: (1) sentence similarity detection, (2) naïve Bayens classification and (3) multiple naïve Bayens classification. For opinion orientation authors use a technique similar to the one used by Turney [27] for document level. Wilson et al. [12] pointed out that not only a single sentence may contain multiple opinions, but they also have both subjective and factual clauses. It is useful to pinpoint such clauses. It is also important to identify the strength of opinions. In the same way the document-level opinion mining, the sentence-level opinion mining does not consider about object features that have been commented in a sentence. For this we discuss the feature level opinion mining in the next subsection. Feature Level Opinion Mining The task of opinion mining at feature level is to extracting the features of the commented object and after that determine the opinion of the object i.e. positive or negative and then group the feature synonyms and produce the summary report [20, 24]. Liu [16] used supervised pattern learning method to extract the object features for identification of opinion orientation. To identify the orientation of opinion he used lexicon based approach. This approach basically uses opinion words and phrase in a sentence to determine the opinion. The working of lexicon based approach [18] is described in following steps. 

Identification of opinion words

Role of Negation words


Movie Domain Opinion Mining K Denecke [30] performs opinion mining at document level of movie domain. The author consults SentiWordnet and follows average scoring method. The scores of words in documents are aggregated to give final score. For calculating score of word, the score of all synsets is calculated and averaged to give final score through rule. The technique works well at document level. As stated earlier, for movie domain feature based opinion mining will be more appropriate as users could be interested in any specific aspects of movie based on his likings. Furthermore, users does not need just ratings, they need opinion expressions in the form of text present in review sites for getting justification or reasons for the computed ratings. S. Agrawal [29] presents the summarization on the basis of features of movies [29]. The sentences which contain the desired feature are processed through technique to give opinion in the form of ratings. The authors present method which generates ratings on the basis of individual features. The technique could fall flat in case of compound sentences in which there is opinion on different features as discussed in introduction section. Hence, in such cases, segmentation of sentence into clauses based on feature is required to yield better results.

OPINION MINING AND SUMMARIZATION In this section we focus on opinion expressions of a movie review that gives the opinion on the individual feature of the movie. Apart from this we also determine the sentiment score towards various features of a movie, such as cast, director, story and music. Sentiment scores are used to classify the sentiment polarity (i.e. Positive, negative or neutral) of clauses or sentences. The linguist approach makes use of both a like domain-specific lexicon (specify the noun related terms actor, director etc.) and a generic opinion lexicon (specify the property of movie related terms),derived from SentiWordNet[31] ,to assign a prior sentiment score to each word in a sentence. We use SentiWordNet[31] scores to categorize each sentence belonging to individual feature of movie into positive or negative opinion. The following steps in our approach are discussed below:


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Document Preprocessing [29] In the preprocessing step, first the sentence boundary is identified and then the text is tokenized. Extra white spaces, html tags, new lines and unrelated extra characters and special symbols are removed. Stop words are also removed as they do not belong to any of the four parts of speech (Noun, Adjective, Verb, and Adverb) present in the SentiWordNet and they do not affect the opinion expressed in the document. The list of stop words used in this work excludes adverbs like very, more etc. and conjunctions such as and, but, etc. which can affect the subjective information of text. We parse the sentence through Stanford parser to determine part of speech of each word in sentence [21] . Splitting of the Document into Sentences or Clauses Based on Features Given a document about the movie reviews, the document is segmented into individual sentences by the help of sentence delimiter. Here problem is that most of the reviews are found on movie forums or blog sites where normal users post their opinions in their informal language which do not follow strict grammatical rules and punctuations. The identification of full stop in the sentence does not mark the end of sentence sometimes. Such as date 17.12.2000, movie short forms K.m.g., hence we use rule based pattern matching to identify sentence boundary. We identify simple and compound sentences in review. A compound sentence is a sentence that contains two or more complete ideas (called clauses) that are related. These two or more clauses are usually connected in a compound sentence by a conjunction. The coordinating conjunctions are "and", "but", "for", "or�, “nor", "yet", or "so". We use plain pattern matching to find out the presence of coordinating conjunctions. If they are present in the given sentence then it will be identified as compound sentence. We split the compound sentences into clauses or sentences if there is more than one feature of movie described in the sentence identified through pattern matching. The boundary of clauses or sentences is identified through use of punctuation marks such as comma, semicolon, full stop or presence of coordinating conjunctions etc. This lead to generation of a number of sentences related to individual features of movie. We will group these sentences based on individual feature. In the next subsection, we compute the score of each word found in individual sentence or clause related to feature (f) of movie. In the subsequent subsection, we calculate score of each sentence belonging to feature F and aggregate the scores to give final F final score. We follow average scoring method to compute the score of individual feature. Word Scoring [28,29] Each word in the document that appears in the SentiWordNet is assigned a positive, negative and objective score. The positive score is calculated as the average of the positive scores of all the synsets with part of speech of same as that of word in movie review document in SentiWordNet. The negative score is calculated in similar fashion. Those words which are not present in SentiWordNet are assigned zero for both positive and negative scores. Feature Based Scoring [28,29] Feature based scoring

is computed through taking average of the score of sentences or clauses

related to the feature [26]. The sentence or clause score is calculated by averaging the score of the words present in the same:


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senPosScore(S), senNegScore(S) are the positive, and negative respectively of sentence S or clause S. posScore(i), negScore(i) are the positive, negative score respectively of ith word in sentence S or clause S. n = Total No. of words in S The score of sth sentence or clause SenScore(S) of feature F belonging to is calculated as :

is score of feature(F) and ‘n’ is number of sentences (s) or clauses (s) which expresses

Where opinion on feature(F) If feature score

is positive, then it is identified as positive comments are expressed on feature f.

If feature score

is negative, then it is identified as negative comments are expressed on feature F.

Feature text fragments are presented to the user which is identified in section 3.1.

EXPERIMENTS AND RESULTS We evaluate our method and achieve accuracy in Table 1 Table 1: Accuracy of Methods List of Methods

Our Method

SentiWordNet Scoring Approach

Accuracy on polarity determination of movie features




We find that some incomplete meaningless sentences or clauses are presented to the user as answer. It happens as our sentence segmentation based on rules is not proper. This is our future work to break sentence through machine learning methods.

Secondly, identification of feature is a tough task. Co reference resolution has also affected our method. In future, we will address this issue.

Even different aspects of movie has different sub features hence segmentation based on sub feature is required for the opinion mining.

We use SentiWordnet, general opinion lexicon dictionary for the purpose of opinion mining at movie domain. Hence domain specific dictionary could be more appropriate. E.g., movie is very long; hair of actor is very long. Here first long word act as negative word and second long word is context sensitive.


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