VELDA: Relating an Image Tweet’s Text and Images
Research Area: Multimedia Year: 2015
Type of Publication: In Proceedings Keywords: Image tweets, VELDA, Visual-Emotional LDA
  • Tao Chen
  • Hany M. SalahEldeen
  • Xiangnan He
  • Min-Yen Kan
  • Dongyuan Lu
Image tweets are becoming a prevalent form of social media, but little is known about their content – textual and visual – and the relationship between the two mediums. Our analysis of image tweets shows that while visual elements certainly play a large role in image-text relationships, other factors such as emotional elements, also factor into the relationship. We develop Visual- Emotional LDA (VELDA), a novel topic model to capture the image-text correlation from multiple perspectives (namely, visual and emotional). Experiments on real-world image tweets in both English and Chinese and other user generated content, show that VELDA significantly outperforms existing methods on cross-modality image retrieval. Even in other domains where emotion does not factor in image choice directly, our VELDA model demonstrates good generalization ability, achieving higher fidelity modeling of such multimedia documents.
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