An Analysis of Perspectives in Interactive Settings

Dong Nguyen, Elijah Mayfield, Carolyn P. Rosé

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In this paper we investigate the effect of the context of interaction on the extent to which a contributor's perspective bias is displayed through their lexical choice. We present a series of experiments on political discussion data. Our experiments indicate that (i) when people quote contributors with an opposing view, they tend to quote the words that are less strongly associated with the opposing view. (ii) Nevertheless, in quoting their opponents, the displayed bias of their word distributions shifts towards that of their opponents. (iii) The personal bias of the speaker is displayed most clearly through the words that are not quoted, (iv) although characteristics of the quoted message do have a measurable effect on the words that are included in the contribution. And, finally, (v) posts are influenced by the displayed bias of previous posts in a thread.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First Workshop on Social Media Analytics
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0217-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSOMA '10


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