Tsinghua Science and Technology


emotion cause detection, event extraction, multi-kernel SVMs, bagging


In this paper, we present a new challenging task for emotion analysis, namely emotion cause extraction. In this task, we focus on the detection of emotion cause a.k.a the reason or the stimulant of an emotion, rather than the regular emotion classification or emotion component extraction. Since there is no open dataset for this task available, we first designed and annotated an emotion cause dataset which follows the scheme of W3C Emotion Markup Language. We then present an emotion cause detection method by using event extraction framework, where a tree structure-based representation method is used to represent the events. Since the distribution of events is imbalanced in the training data, we propose an under-sampling-based bagging algorithm to solve this problem. Even with a limited training set, the proposed approach may still extract sufficient features for analysis by a bagging of multi-kernel based SVMs method. Evaluations show that our approach achieves an F-measure 7.04% higher than the state-of-the-art methods.


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