Sarcasm as contrast between a positive sentiment and negative situation Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2013 Association for Computational Linguistics. A common form of sarcasm on Twitter consists of a positive sentiment contrasted with a negative situation. For example, many sarcastic tweets include a positive sentiment, such as "love" or "enjoy", followed by an expression that describes an undesirable activity or state (e.g., "taking exams" or "being ignored"). We have developed a sarcasm recognizer to identify this type of sarcasm in tweets. We present a novel bootstrapping algorithm that automatically learns lists of positive sentiment phrases and negative situation phrases from sarcastic tweets. We show that identifying contrasting contexts using the phrases learned through bootstrapping yields improved recall for sarcasm recognition.

author list (cited authors)

  • Riloff, E., Qadir, A., Surve, P., De Silva, L., Gilbert, N., & Huang, R.

publication date

  • January 2013