Web mining and sentiment analysis of COVID-19 discourse in online forum communities

Masurah Mohamad, Suraya Masrom, Khairulliza Ahmad Salleh, Lathifah Alfat, Muhammad Nasucha, Nur Uddin


Recently, various discussions, solutions, data, and methods related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been posted in online forum communities. Although a vast amount of posting on COVID-19 analytical projects are available in the online forum communities, much of them remain untapped due to limited overview and profiling that focuses on COVID-19 analytic techniques. Thus, it is quite challenging for information diggers and researchers to distinguish the recent trends and challenges of COVID-19 analytic for initiating different and critical studies to fight against the coronavirus. This paper presents the findings of a study that executed a web mining process on COVID-19 data analytical projects from the Stack Overflow and GitHub online community platforms for data scientists. This study provides an insight on what activities can be conducted by novice researchers and others who are interested in data analysis, especially in sentiment analysis. The classification results via Naïve Bayes (NB), support vector machine (SVM) and logistic regression (LR) have returned high accuracy, indicating that the constructed model is efficient in classifying the sentiment data of COVID-19. The findings reported in this paper not only enhance the understanding of COVID-19 related content and analysis but also provides promising framework that can be applied in diverse contexts and domains.


COVID-19; Data scientists; Machine learning; Sentiment analysis; Web mining

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DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijeecs.v34.i2.pp1280-1287


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