PS I love you: Privacy aware sentiment classification

Hugo Alatrista-Salas, Hugo Cordero, Miguel Nunez-Del-Prado

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At first glance, one might think that people are aware of the availability of comments or posts on social networks. Therefore, one may believe that people do not share sensitive information on public social networks. Nonetheless, people's posts sometimes reveal susceptible information. These posts include mentions the use of drugs or alcohol, sexual preferences, intimate confessions and even serious medical conditions like cancer or HIV. Such privacy leaks could cost someone to get fired or even worse to be a victim of denial insurance or bad credit evaluations. In this paper, we propose a complete process to perform a privacy-preserving sentiment analysis trough Bloom filters. Our approach shows an accuracy difference between 1% and 3% less than their classic sentiment analysis task counter part while guarantying a private aware analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1507-1515
Number of pages9
JournalComputacion y Sistemas
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Bloom filter
  • Disclosure risk
  • Information loss
  • Privacy
  • Sentiment analysis


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