Linking Twitter Sentiment and Event Data to Monitor Public Opinion of Geopolitical Developments and Trends

  • Lucas A. Overbey
  • Scott C. BatsonEmail author
  • Jamie Lyle
  • Christopher Williams
  • Robert Regal
  • Lakeisha Williams
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10354)


Readily observable communications found on Internet social media sites can play a prominent role in spreading information which, when accompanied by subjective statements, can indicate public sentiment and perception. A key component to understanding public opinion is extraction of the aspect toward which sentiment is directed. As a result of message size limitations, Twitter users often share their opinion on events described in linked news stories that they find interesting. Therefore, a natural language analysis of the linked news stories may provide useful information that connects the Twitter-expressed sentiment to its aspect. Our goal is to monitor sentiment towards political actors by evaluating Twitter messages with linked event code data. We introduce a novel link-following approach to automate this process and correlate sentiment-bearing Twitter messages with aspect found in connected news articles. We compare multiple topic extraction approaches based on the information provided in the event codes, including the Goldstein scale, a simple decision tree model, and spin-glass graph clustering. We find that while Goldstein scale is uncorrelated with public sentiment, graph-based event coding schemes can effectively provide useful and nuanced information about the primary topics in a Twitter dataset.


Latent Dirichlet Allocation News Article Graph Cluster Twitter User Uniform Resource Locator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucas A. Overbey
    • 1
  • Scott C. Batson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jamie Lyle
    • 1
  • Christopher Williams
    • 1
  • Robert Regal
    • 1
  • Lakeisha Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center AtlanticNorth CharlestonUSA

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