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Extracting Sentiment from Healthcare Survey Data: An Evaluation of Sentiment Analysis Tools

Georgiou, D., MacFarlane, A. & Russell-Rose, T. (2015). Extracting Sentiment from Healthcare Survey Data: An Evaluation of Sentiment Analysis Tools. In: 2015 Science and Information Conference (SAI). . IEEE. doi: 10.1109/SAI.2015.7237168


Sentiment analysis is an emerging discipline with many analytical tools available. This project aimed to examine a number of tools regarding their suitability for healthcare data. A comparison between commercial and non-commercial tools was made using responses from an online survey which evaluated design changes made to a clinical information service. The commercial tools were Semantria and TheySay and the non-commercial tools were WEKA and Google Prediction API. Different approaches were followed for each tool to determine the polarity of each response (i.e. positive, negative or neutral). Overall, the non-commercial tools outperformed their commercial counterparts. However, due to the different features offered by the tools, specific recommendations are made for each. In addition, single-sentence responses were tested in isolation to determine the extent to which they more clearly express a single polarity. Further work can be done to establish the relationship between single-sentence responses and the sentiment they express.

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Publisher Keywords: sentiment analysis; machine learning; tools; classification; healthcare
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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