Word Lists and Sentiment Analysis

A traditional method of analyzing texts is to compute the proportion of the words have positive connotations, negative connotations or are neutral. This method is commonly referred to as sentiment analysis. The typical approach to sentiment analysis is to see how many words in a text are also in a predefined list of words associated with a sentiment. So “I am having a bad day.” might score a “1” on a negative sentiment scale for the presence of “bad” or a .