Detection and modeling of collective emotions in online data

Janusz Hołyst , Anna Chmiel , Julian Sienkiewicz


Basing upon emotionally annotated data from four different media (a set of blogs, BBC Forums, Digg portal and IRC channels) we demonstrate the collective character of affective phenomena in online communities. To test whether the emotions of a community member may influence the emotions of others, posts were grouped into clusters of messages with similar emotional valences. The frequency of long clusters was much higher than it would be if emotions occurred at random. Distributions for cluster lengths can be explained by preferential processes because conditional probabilities for consecutive messages grow as a power law with cluster length. Values of characteristic exponent describing this growth correspond to strength of affective attraction for various types of emotions. It is interesting that minor emotions display larger clustering effects, i.e. they interact stronger in a given community. We demonstrate also that our model of emotional clustering leads to emergence of persistent mono-emotional threads when the emotional cluster reaches a critical size. Such ordered patterns have been found in the Blog06 dataset although their number is limited by fluctuations and sentiment classification errors.
Publication typeOriginal work published as abstract
Publication categoriesDidactic article/chapter
Author Janusz Hołyst (FP / LPESS)
Janusz Hołyst,,
- Center of Physics in Economics and Social Sciences
, Anna Chmiel (FP / PCSD)
Anna Chmiel,,
- Physics of Complex Systems Divison
, Julian Sienkiewicz (FP / LPESS)
Julian Sienkiewicz,,
- Center of Physics in Economics and Social Sciences
Corporate authorWydział Fizyki Politechniki Warszawskiej (Wydz.Fizyki PW)
Publication size in sheets1.05
Book Hołyst Janusz (eds.): Cyberemotions. Collective Emotions in Cyberspace, 2016, Szwajcaria, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-43637-1, 318 p., DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-43639-5
Keywords in Englishemotions, complex systems
ProjectCollective Emotions in Cyberspace . Project leader: Hołyst Janusz, , Phone: 22 234 7133, start date 01-02-2009, end date 31-07-2013, FP7 Grant Agreement 231323, Completed
WF 7 Framework Programme (7 FP) [7 Program Ramowy (7 PR)]
Languageen angielski
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