"The foreign language effect" and movie recommendation: A comparative study of sentiment analysis of movie reviews in Chinese and English

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Affect and sentiment uncovered from multi-lingual product reviews might provide richer and more valuable clues to the underlying consumer knowledge and preferences on the product across culture. In present study, the reviews of two movies with the same genre from IMDB and DouBan were analyzed. Preliminary results indicate that there is no substantially strong evidence supporting the 'foreign language effect' in our study , partly due to the limited data studied. In additions, the results revealed that both positive and negative emotions can be interpreted as an implicit and strong recommendation signal, which might in turn be valuable in making prediction on the popularity of a movie. However, due to the limited data, the significance of different emotion labels in affecting a predicted popularity of a movie is unclear.

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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

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