• University: Carnegie Mellon University, Nanyang Technological University
  • Authors: Amir Zadeh, Paul Pu Liang, Jonathan Vanbriesen, Soujanya Poria, Edmund Tong, Erik Cambria, Minghai Chen, Louis-Philippe Morency

Abstract: Analyzing human multimodal language is an emerging area of research in NLP. Intrinsically human communication is multimodal (heterogeneous), temporal and asynchronous; it consists of the language (words), visual (expressions), and acoustic (paralinguistic) modalities all in the form of asynchronous coordinated sequences. From a resource perspective, there is a genuine need for large scale datasets that allow for in-depth studies of multimodal language. In this paper we introduce CMU Multimodal Opinion Sentiment and Emotion Intensity (CMU-MOSEI), the largest dataset of sentiment analysis and emotion recognition to date. Using data from CMU-MOSEI and a novel multimodal fusion technique called the Dynamic Fusion Graph (DFG), we conduct experimentation to investigate how modalities interact with each other in human multimodal language. Unlike previously proposed fusion techniques, DFG is highly interpretable and achieves competitive performance compared to the current state of the art.