Usage of emoji in social media platforms has seen a rapid increase over the last few years. Majority of the social media posts are laden with emoji and users often use more than one emoji in a single social media post to express their emotions and to emphasize certain words in a message. Utilizing the emoji cooccurrence can be helpful to understand how emoji are used in social media posts and their meanings in the context of social media posts.
In this paper, we investigate whether emoji cooccurrences can be used as a feature to learn emoji embeddings which can be used in many downstream applications such sentiment analysis and emotion identification in social media text. We utilize 147 million tweets which have emojis in them and build an emoji cooccurrence network. Then, we train a network embedding model to embed emojis into a low dimensional vector space. We evaluate our embeddings using sentiment analysis and emoji similarity experiments, and experimental results show that our embeddings outperform the current state-of-the-art results for sentiment analysis tasks.