TwiSE at SemEval-2016 Task 4: Twitter Sentiment Classification

Georgios Balikas, Massih-Reza Amini
Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
700, avenue Centrale
38058 Saint-Martin d'Hérès

This paper describes the participation of the team TwiSE in the SemEval 2016 challenge. Specifically, we participated in Task 4, namely Sentiment Analysis in Twitter for which we implemented sentiment classification systems for subtasks A, B, C and D. Our approach consists of two steps. In the first step, we generate and validate diverse feature sets for twitter sentiment evaluation, inspired by the work of participants of previous editions of such challenges. In the second step, we focus on the optimization of the evaluation measures of the different subtasks. To this end, we examine different learning strategies by validating them on the data provided by the task organisers. For our final submissions we used an ensemble learning approach (stacked generalization) for Subtask A and single linear models for the rest of the subtasks. In the official leaderboard we were ranked 9/35, 8/19, 1/11 and 2/14 for subtasks A, B, C and D respectively. The code can be found at