Journal of Computer Science

A Review on Challenging Issues in Arabic Sentiment Analysis

Ali Hamdi, Khaled Shaban and Anazida Zainal

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2016.471.481

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 12, Issue 9

Pages 471-481


Understanding what people think about an idea or how they evaluate a product, a service or a policy is important for individuals, companies and governments. Sentiment analysis is the process of automatically identifying opinions expressed in text on certain subjects. The accuracy of sentiment analysis has a direct effect on decision making in both business and government. Working with the Arabic language is very important because of the growing number of online contents in Arabic and the existing resources are limited and the accuracy of existing methods is low. In this study, we do a survey to highlight Arabic sentiment analysis challenging issues based on two main perspectives: Arabic-specific and general linguistic issues. The Arabic-specific challenges are mainly caused by Arabic morphological complexity, limited resources and dialects, while the general linguistic issues include polarity fuzziness, polarity strength, implicit sentiment, sarcasm, spam, review quality and domain dependence.


© 2016 Ali Hamdi, Khaled Shaban and Anazida Zainal. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.