Evolutionary natural-language coreference resolution for sentiment analysis

John Atkinson, Alex Escudero

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Communicating messages on social media usually conveys much implicit linguistic knowledge, which makes it difficult to process texts for further analysis. One of the major problems, the linguistic coreference resolution task involves detecting coreference chains of entities and pronouns that coreference them. It has mostly been addressed for formal and full-sized text in which a relatively clear discourse structure can be discovered, using Natural-Language Processing techniques. However, texts in social media are short, informal and lack a lot of underlying linguistic information to make decisions so traditional methods can not be applied. Furthermore, this may significantly impact the performance of several tasks on social media applications such as opinion mining, network analysis, sentiment analysis, text categorization. In order to deal with these issues, this research address the task of linguistic co-referencing using an evolutionary computation approach. It combines discourse coreference analysis techniques, domain-based heuristics (i.e., syntactic, semantic and world knowledge), graph representation methods, and evolutionary computation algorithms to resolving implicit co-referencing within informal opinion texts. Experiments were conducted to assess the ability of the model to find implicit referents on informal messages, showing the promise of our approach when compared to related methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100115
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management Data Insights
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Coreference resolution
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Information management
  • Natural-language processing
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Social media analysis


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