Multimodal Sentiment Analysis with Unidirectional Modality Translation

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@article{bo2021multimodal,
title={Multimodal Sentiment Analysis with Unidirectional Modality Translation},
author={Yang, Bo and Shao, Bo and Wu, Lijun and Lin, Xiaola},
journal={Neurocomputing},
year={2021},
publisher={Elsevier}
}

Abstract

Multimodal Sentiment Analysis (MSA) is a challenging research area that investigates sentiment expressed from multiple heterogeneous sources of information. To integrate multimodal information including text, visual and audio modalities, state-of-the-art models focus on developing various fusion strategies, such as attention and outer product. However, the inferior quality of visual and audio features that is commonly observed in this area has not aroused much attention. We argue that this issue will obstruct the performance of the fusion strategies to a considerable extent. Therefore, in this paper, we propose Multimodal Translation for Sentiment Analysis (MTSA), a multimodal framework that improves the quality of visual and audio features by translating them totext features extracted by Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT). Experiments on two benchmark datasets CMU-MOSI and CMU-MOSEI show that our model performs better than the state-of-the-art methods on both datasets across all the metrics, which illustrates the effectiveness of our method.

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