Multi-Aspect Oriented Sentiment Classification: Prior Knowledge Topic Modelling and Ensemble Learning Classifier Approach

Najwa Alghamdi*, Shaheen Khatoon, Majed Alshamari

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User-generated content on numerous sites is indicative of users’ sentiment towards many issues, from daily food intake to using new products. Amid the active usage of social networks and micro-blogs, notably during the COVID-19 pandemic, we may glean insights into any product or service through users’ feedback and opinions. Thus, it is often difficult and time consuming to go through all the reviews and analyse them in order to recognize the notion of the overall goodness or badness of the reviews before making any decision. To overcome this challenge, sentiment analysis has been used as an effective rapid way to automatically gauge consumers’ opinions. Large reviews will possibly encompass both positive and negative opinions on different features of a product/service in the same review. Therefore, this paper proposes an aspect-oriented sentiment classification using a combination of the prior knowledge topic model algorithm (SA-LDA), automatic labelling (SentiWordNet) and ensemble method (Stacking). The framework is evaluated using the dataset from different domains. The results have shown that the proposed SA-LDA outperformed the standard LDA. In addition, the suggested ensemble learning classifier has increased the accuracy of the classifier by more than ~3% when it is compared to baseline classification algorithms. The study concluded that the proposed approach is equally adaptable across multi-domain applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4066
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • data labelling
  • ensemble learning
  • prior knowledge
  • sentiment classification
  • stacked generalization
  • topic models


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