Genre-Based Paragraph Classification for Sentiment Analysis

Maite Taboada, Julian Brooke and Manfred Stede

SIGDIAL Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2009)
Queen Mary University of London, September 11-12, 2009


We present a taxonomy and classification system for distinguishing between different types of paragraphs in movie reviews: formal vs. functional paragraphs and, within the latter, between descriptive and comment. The classifier is used for sentiment extraction, achieving improvement over a baseline without paragraph classification.