DOI: 10.36190/2020.02

Published: 2020-06-05
Word-Emoji Embeddings from large scale Messaging Data reflect real-world Semantic Associations of Expressive Icons
Jens Helge Reelfs, Oliver Hohlfeld, Markus Strohmaier, Niklas Henckell

We train word-emoji embeddings on large scale messaging data obtained from the Jodel online social network. Our data set contains more than 40 million sentences, of which 11 million sentences are annotated with a subset of the Unicode 13.0 standard Emoji list. We explore semantic emoji associations contained in this embedding by analyzing associations between emojis, between emojis and text, and between text and emojis. Our investigations demonstrate anecdotally that word-emoji embeddings trained on large scale messaging data can reflect real-world semantic associations. To enable further research we release the Jodel Emoji Embedding Dataset (JEED1488) containing 1488 emojis and their embeddings along 300 dimensions.