Title: EMNLP2015 6th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis WASSA 2015
Publisher: The Association for Computational Linguistics
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC97442
ISBN: 978-1-941643-32-7
URI: http://www.emnlp2015.org/proceedings/WASSA/WASSA-2015.pdf
Type: Books
Abstract: Emotions are an important part of our everyday lives. However, until quite recently, human affect was regarded in a dual manner - positively, for its regulatory power and negatively, as a sort of a "weakness" of the human spirit, that should ideally be rational, logical, *thinking* in a very matter of fact and consequence-based fashion. Recent discoveries in Neuropsychology and the possibilities opened by the functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging have made it clear that emotions play a very important role for the well-functioning of the human body, both psychologically, as well as physically. Apart from the importance emotions have for each human being individually, research in Social Psychology and disciplines such as Marketing, Mass-media Communication or Political Science, has shown time and time again that the emotional discourse, its content - in words with affective connotation and the combination thereof - is of paramount difference between the success and failure of social actions, consumer products or political candidates. Given that nowadays messages with (sometimes) high emotional connotations are so easily shared using Social Media platforms and that their high volume makes manual sifting mostly impossible, the automatic processing of Subjectivity, Sentiment and Emotions in texts, especially in Social Media contexts is highly relevant. Bearing these observations in mind, the aim of the 6th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis (WASSA 2015) was to continue the line of the previous editions, bringing together researchers in Computational Linguistics working on Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis and researchers working on interdisciplinary aspects of affect computation from text. Starting with 2013, WASSA has extended its scope and focus to Social Media phenomena and the impact of affect-related phenomena in this context. The past two editions have shown important breakthroughs in dealing with the challenges of these types of texts, in monolingual, multilingual and cross-domain contexts. WASSA 2015 was organized in conjunction to EMNLP 2015: the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, on September 17, 2015, in Lisboa, Portugal. For this year’s edition of WASSA, we received a total of 48 submissions, from universities and research centers all over the world, out of which 8 were accepted as long and another 15 as short papers. Each paper has been thoroughly reviewed by at least 2 members of the Program Committee. The accepted papers were all highly assessed by the reviewers, the best paper receiving an average punctuation (computed as an average of all criteria used to assess the papers) of 4.8 out of 5.
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