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Twenty Years of Research in Stock Market Prediction from Text Mining

Text mining for the stock market is by far not a new domain.

Already in 1998, Wuthrich et al. attempted to predict stock markets based on online news articles such as The Wall Street Journal. The idea was straightforward: count occurrences of manually defined keywords in articles and correlate their presence with the stock values using machine learning techniques. Despite a low accuracy, this idea spawned interest and a large number of approaches were attempted to tackle the problem: genetic algorithms (Thomas and Sycara, 2000), naive Bayes (Lavrenko et al. 2000), support vector machine (Mittermayer et al. 2004), etc. The core idea is always the same: first retrieve relevant documents, then correlate the documents content with the stock prices. While first approaches focused on financial news (Schumaker and Chen 2009), some authors also investigated financial reports (Loughran and McDonald, 2011). An important trend started when researchers considered documents directly produced by users on financial forums rather than expert journalists such as Antweiler and Frank, 2004.

Parallel to these works, the natural language processing community was interested in extracting sentiments from text with the seminal papers from Pang et al. 2002; Turney 2002. Instead of directly correlating the text contents to stock prices, researchers then correlated with success the sentiment (positive or negative) of financial forums posts to the stock prices (Das and Chen, 2007).

Nevertheless, the work of Bollen et al. 2011 generated a vast amount of research on text mining from social media in many directions: researchers looked at the targets of sentiments (Jiang et al., 2011), the basic emotions (Zhang et al., 2011), interactional structure (Ruiz et al., 2012), etc. They looked at other social media such as Facebook (Karabulut, 2013), or more specialized financial social media such as StockTwits or SeekingAlpha (Liao et al., 2014; Wang et al., 2015). They even investigated more exotic sources such as Wikipedia (Moat et al., 2013) or Google Trends (Preis et al., 2013). The recent approaches involve a fair amount of deep learning (Alsing and Bahceci, 2015; Ding et al., 2015). For instance in Dickinson and Hu, 2015, authors use the word embeddings technique proposed by Mikolov et al., 2013 to learn word vectors directly linked to companies.

It is however impossible to give a full account of the massive body of research in the domain and we thus refer the interested reader to two surveys (Nassirtoussi et al. 2014) and the recent Handbook of Sentiment Analysis in Finance (Mitra and Yu, 2016) which can provide further information. Here at SESAMm, we are the heirs of this rich compendium of 20 years of research. We focus on social media by investigating the role of sentiments and emotions in predicting the stock market. By relying on a multidisciplinary team that involves quantitative analysists, machine learning and natural language processing experts, we are not only able to apply proven techniques but also experiment with cutting edge technologies such as deep learning. In all cases, we make sure to overcome the inherent difficulties of market predictions with thorough evaluation to provide the best possible trading indicators.

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