Time to Take Emoji Seriously: They Vastly Improve Casual Conversational Models
Emoji are used quite often in casual conversations, like on Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. However, most NLP models, like BERT and Word2Vec, don’t support emoji or textual emoticons. In this context, better support for emoji can be quite beneficial. This paper highlights this issue and the extent of it for conversational models. Various datasets multiple NLP models were examined. In addition, we finetune a BERT model to support emoji.
Currently a PhD researcher at the KU Leuven, working on verification of machine learning, ethical issues related to this, and a bit of natural language processing.