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Yang, L., Xu, Y., Ng, T. Lok James. & Dong, R. (2019). Leveraging BERT to Improve the FEARS Index for Stock Forecasting. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Financial Technology and Natural Language Processing (FinNLP@IJCAI 2019) (pp. 54-60).

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Financial and Economic Attitudes Revealed by Search (FEARS) index reflects the attention and sentiment of public investors and is an important factor for predicting stock price return. In this paper, we take into account the semantics of the FEARS search terms by leveraging the Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT), and further apply a self-attention deep learning model to our refined FEARS seamlessly for stock return prediction. We demonstrate the practical benefits of our approach by comparing to baseline works.