Analysis of Affect Intensities in Extremist Group Forums

  • Ahmed Abbasi
  • Hsinchun Chen
Part of the Integrated Series In Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 18)

Affects play an important role in influencing people’s perceptions and decision making. Affect analysis is useful for measuring the presence of hate, violence, and the resulting propaganda dissemination across extremist groups. In this study we performed affect analysis of U.S. and Middle Eastern extremist group forum postings. We constructed an affect lexicon using a probabilistic disambiguation technique to measure and visualize usage of violence and hate affects. These techniques facilitate in depth analysis of multilingual content. The proposed approach was evaluated by applying it across 16 U.S. supremacist and Middle Eastern extremist group forums. Analysis across regions reveals that the Middle Eastern test bed forums have considerably greater violence intensity than the U.S. groups. There is also a strong linear relationship between the usage of hate and violence across the Middle Eastern messages.


Middle Eastern Intensity Score Sentiment Analysis Extremist Group Software Piracy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed Abbasi
    • 1
  • Hsinchun Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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