Modeling influence in online multi-party discourse

Samira Shaikh, Tomek Strzalkowski, Jenny Stromer-Galley, George Aaron Broadwell, Sarah Taylor, Ting Liu, Veena Ravishankar, Xiaoai Ren, Umit Boz

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Abstract

In this article, we present our novel approach towards the detection and modeling of complex social phenomena in multi-party discourse, including leadership, influence, pursuit of power and group cohesion. We have developed a two-tier approach that relies on observable and computable linguistic features of conversational text to make predictions about sociolinguistic behaviors such as Topic Control and Disagreement, that speakers deploy in order to achieve and maintain certain positions and roles in a group. These sociolinguistic behaviors are then used to infer higher-level social phenomena such as Influence, which is the focus of this paper. We show robust performance results by comparing our computational results to participants' own perceptions and rankings of influence. We use weights learnt from correlations with known influence rankings to compute and score sociolinguistic behaviors and show performance significantly above baseline for two data sets and two different languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing and 2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications, CGC/SCA 2012
Pages515-522
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing, CGC 2012, Held Jointly with the 2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications, SCA 2012 - Xiangtan, Hunan, China
Duration: Nov 1 2012Nov 3 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing and 2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications, CGC/SCA 2012

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing, CGC 2012, Held Jointly with the 2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications, SCA 2012
CountryChina
CityXiangtan, Hunan
Period11/1/1211/3/12

Keywords

  • computational socio-linguistics
  • influence
  • linguistic behavior
  • multi-disciplinary artificial intelligence
  • online dialogues
  • social computing
  • social phenomena

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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    Shaikh, S., Strzalkowski, T., Stromer-Galley, J., Broadwell, G. A., Taylor, S., Liu, T., Ravishankar, V., Ren, X., & Boz, U. (2012). Modeling influence in online multi-party discourse. In Proceedings - 2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing and 2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications, CGC/SCA 2012 (pp. 515-522). [6382865] (Proceedings - 2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing and 2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications, CGC/SCA 2012). https://doi.org/10.1109/CGC.2012.94