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Character-to-Character Sentiment Analysis in Shakespeare's Plays

Eric Nalisnick and Henry Baird

The 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Short Papers (ACL Short Papers 2013)
Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013


We present an automatic method for analyzing sentiment dynamics between characters in plays. This literary format's structured dialogue allows us to make assumptions about who is participating in a conversation. Once we have an idea of who a character is speaking to, the sentiment in his or her speech can be attributed accordingly, allowing us to generate lists of a character's enemies and allies as well as pinpoint scenes critical to a character's emotional development. Results of experiments on Shakespeare's plays are presented along with discussion of how this work can be extended to unstructured texts (i.e. novels).

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