An Enhanced Feature Acquisition for Sentiment Analysis of English and Hausa Tweets
International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications
Due to the continuous and rapid growth of social media, opinionated contents are actively created by users in different languages about various products, services, events, and political parties. The automated classification of these contents prompted the need for multilingual sentiment analysis researches. However, the majority of research efforts are devoted to English and Arabic, English and German, English and French languages, while a great share of information is available in other
... s such as Hausa. This paper proposes multilingual sentiment analysis of English and Hausa tweets using an Enhanced Feature Acquisition Method (EFAM). The method uses machine learning approach to integrate two newly defined Hausa features (Hausa Lexical Feature and Hausa Sentiment Intensifiers) and English feature to measure classification performance and to synthesize a more accurate sentiment classification procedure. The approach has been evaluated using several experiments with different classifiers in both monolingual and multilingual datasets. The experimental results reveal the effectiveness of the approach in enhancing feature integration for multilingual sentiment analysis. Similarly, by using features drawn from multiple languages, we can construct machine learning classifiers with an average precision of over 65%.