Tracking Dynamics of Opinion Behaviors with a Content-based Sequential Opinion Influence Model

Chengyao Chen, Zhitao Wang, Wenjie Li

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Nowadays, social media has become a popular channel for people to exchange opinions through the user-generated text. Exploring the mechanisms about how customers' opinions towards products are influenced by friends, and further predicting their future opinions have attracted great attention from corporate administrators and researchers. Various influence models have already been proposed for the opinion prediction problem. However, they largely formulate opinions as derived sentiment categories or values but ignore the role of the content information. Besides, existing models only make use of the most recently received information without taking into consideration the long-term historical communication. To keep track of user opinion behaviors and infer user opinion influence from the historical exchanged textual information, we develop a content-based sequential opinion influence framework. Based on this framework, two opinion sentiment prediction models with alternative prediction strategies are proposed. In the experiments conducted on three Twitter datasets, the proposed models outperform other popular influence models. An interesting finding based on a further analysis of user characteristic is that an individual's influence is correlated to her/his style of expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-639
JournalIEEE Transactions on Affective Computing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Computational modeling
  • Influence model
  • Ions
  • Opinion dynamics
  • Predictive models
  • Recurrent neural networks
  • Sentiment prediction
  • Training
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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