Movie emotion map: an interactive tool for exploring movies according to their emotional signature

Miki Cohen-Kalaf, Joel Lanir, Peter Bak, Osnat Mokryn

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We present Movie Emotion Map - a novel system that enables to view and browse through a large collection of movies according to the movies’ emotional characteristics. The system enables to view both the high-level structure of the movies emotional space and the low-level details of a single movie. We create an eight-dimensional emotional signature for each movie based on Plutchik’s theory of emotions, according to its reviews obtained from IMDb. We projected glyphs representing emotional signatures of the movies on a 2D plane using dimension reduction, thus, providing a topology of emotions for easy browsing and exploring. Results from a qualitative evaluation with 18 participants indicate that users could easily browse through movies according to the visualized landscape and that the tool enabled them to search, filter and find movies based on their emotional characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14663-14684
Number of pages22
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Dimension reduction
  • Emotions
  • Glyphs
  • Plutchik’s wheel of emotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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