Arabic dialect sentiment analysis with ZERO effort. \\ Case study: Algerian dialect


  • Imane Guellil School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • Marcelo Mendoza Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Santiago, Chile
  • Faical Azouaou Ecole nationale Supérieure d’Informatique, Oued-Smar, Alger, Algeria



Sentiment analysis, Natural language processing, Arabic and its dialects, Transfert learning, zero-effort for corpora construction


This paper presents an analytic study showing that it is entirely possible to analyze the sentiment of an Arabic dialect without constructing any resources. The idea of this work is to use the resources dedicated to a given dialect \textit{X} for analyzing the sentiment of another dialect \textit{Y}. The unique condition is to have \textit{X} and \textit{Y} in the same category of dialects. We apply this idea on Algerian dialect, which is a Maghrebi Arabic dialect that suffers from limited available tools and other handling resources required for automatic sentiment analysis. To do this analysis, we rely on Maghrebi dialect resources and two manually annotated sentiment corpus for respectively Tunisian and Moroccan dialect. We also use a large corpus for Maghrebi dialect. We use a state-of-the-art system and propose a new deep learning architecture for automatically classify the sentiment of Arabic dialect (Algerian dialect). Experimental results show that F1-score is up to 83% and it is achieved by Multilayer Perceptron (MLP) with Tunisian corpus and with Long short-term memory (LSTM) with the combination of Tunisian and Moroccan. An improvement of 15% compared to its closest competitor was observed through this study. Ongoing work is aimed at manually constructing an annotated sentiment corpus for Algerian dialect and comparing the results


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Guellil, I., Mendoza, M. ., & Azouaou, F. (2020). Arabic dialect sentiment analysis with ZERO effort. \\ Case study: Algerian dialect. Inteligencia Artificial, 23(65), 124–135.