Computational Analysis of Emotions and Topics in Survivor Interviews about Nanking Massacre

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  1. 1. Lu Xiao

    Syracuse University

  2. 2. Jianyi Liu

    Syracuse University

  3. 3. Wenchao Zhai

    Syracuse University

  4. 4. Liangqin Jiang

    Nanjing University

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In survivor interviews, often the interviewee’s deep feelings or attitudes towards their painful memories or experiences is the focus of the conversation. Past research has shown that sensitive interviews such as survivor interviews affect the emotional state of the interviewee. In this project, we explored this aspect in the survivor interviews about Nanking Massacre. Specifically, we examined the major types of interviewees’ emotions (e.g., fear, sadness, fear). in the interviews, where they occur during the interview turns, and the interviewers’ emotions near those turns. In addition, we applied topic modelling analysis to explore the number of topics in these interviews and how different topics are related to the different emotions.

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Conference Info

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ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

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