Detecting Depression in Social Media using Fine-Grained Emotions

Mario Ezra Aragón, Adrian Pastor López-Monroy, Luis Carlos González-Gurrola, Manuel Montes-y-Gómez


Abstract
Nowadays social media platforms are the most popular way for people to share information, from work issues to personal matters. For example, people with health disorders tend to share their concerns for advice, support or simply to relieve suffering. This provides a great opportunity to proactively detect these users and refer them as soon as possible to professional help. We propose a new representation called Bag of Sub-Emotions (BoSE), which represents social media documents by a set of fine-grained emotions automatically generated using a lexical resource of emotions and subword embeddings. The proposed representation is evaluated in the task of depression detection. The results are encouraging; the usage of fine-grained emotions improved the results from a representation based on the core emotions and obtained competitive results in comparison to state of the art approaches.
Anthology ID:
N19-1151
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Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 1 (Long and Short Papers)
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June
Year:
2019
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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NAACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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1481–1486
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/N19-1151
DOI:
10.18653/v1/N19-1151
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