A topic-based sentiment analysis model to predict stock market price movement using Weibo mood

Wenhao CHEN*, Yi CAI, Kinkeung LAI, Haoran XIE

*Corresponding author for this work

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Over the past several years, as the development of Internet, social media websites such as Twitter and Weibo have received much attention due to their enormous users. A lot of research has been done on sentiment analysis and opinion mining in these websites. However the number of research on using the data in the social media websites to predict the stock market price movement is limited. Behavioral economics and behavioral finance believe that public mood is correlated with economic indicators and financial decisions are significantly driven by emotions. This paper first presents a Chinese emotion mining approach and discusses whether the public emotions or opinions in the Chinese social media websites could be used to predict the stock market price in China. The experimental results demonstrate that the emotions automatically extracted from the large scale Weibo posts represent the real public opinions about some special topics of the stock market in China. Some public mood states extracted such as the "Happiness" and "Disgust" states are highly correlated with the change of stock price according to the Granger causality analysis. Finally, a nonlinear autoregressive model with exogenous sentiment inputs is proposed to predict the stock price movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-300
Number of pages14
JournalWeb Intelligence
Issue number4
Early online date18 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • artificial neural network
  • public mood
  • Sentiment analysis
  • stock price forecasting


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