Sentiment analysis of controversial topics on Pakistan’s Twitter user-base

Sarim Zafar, Usman Sarwar, Zafar Gilani, Junaid Qadir
Twitter has largely become a central online social network for arguments on various global controversial topics. Detecting and analysing such topics could prove to be beneficial in understanding the sentiments of trending topics in developing regions. In this paper, we perform a systematic sentimental study of trending controversial topics on Pakistan's Twitter user-base. From the data collected we build retweet graphs, partition graphs into communities, measure community influence, and label the communities as 'for' or 'against' per topic. To the best of our knowledge this is the first work to categorise and study sentiments attached to controversial topics in a developing region.