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Wednesday, July 29 • 10:46 - 12:15
“Change My View”: Detecting Persuasive Text in Online Discussions"

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Authors: Taraneh Khazaei, Lu Xiao and Robert Mercer

It has been long established that there is a correlation between the dialog behaviour of participants in communicative settings and whether they are perceived persuasive by other participants. Due to the relatively recent explosion of social media and the lack of annotated data, there is no established body of theoretical foundations for dialog behaviour and persuasiveness in such settings. In addition, there only exist a few analytical studies investigating such potential links. In this project, we aim to explore the linguistic characteristics of a communication that make a piece of text to be perceived persuasive. We draw on theories that have been developed to study language and persuasion in monologues as well as small group and one-to-one spoken conversations and extend them for online large-scale deliberations. 

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Taraneh Khazaei

PhD Candidate, University of Western Ontario
I am a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. I hold a Masters degree in Computer Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where I researched search user interfaces and human-computer information retrieval. My current research... Read More →

Lu Xiao

The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Wednesday July 29, 2015 10:46 - 12:15 EDT
(7th Floor) Room TRS1-129 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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