Negative emotions boost user activity at BBC forum

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Negative emotions boost user activity at BBC forum
Authors: Anna Chmiel, Julian Sienkiewicz, Georgios Paltoglou, Kevan Buckley, Mike Thelwall, Janusz A. Holyst
Citation: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 390 (16): 2936-2944. 2011 August
Database(s): arXiv (Arxiv/1011.5459)
DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2011.03.040.
Link(s): http://arxiv.org/pdf/1011.5459
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Negative emotions accelerating users activity in BBC Forum (original title: Negative emotions accelerating users activity in BBC Forum) report a text sentiment analysis study on comments in the BBC Forum.

The study is commented in New Scientist [1] and TECHi.[1] That article also pointed to the related study Quantitative analysis of bloggers collective behavior powered by emotions coming out on ArXiv at around the same time.

The data was "97946 threads with 257227 posts written by 18045 users" taken from part of the discussion forum of the BBC web site: "Religion and Ethics2" and "World UK News1" from years 2005 to 2009.

Their sentiment classifier was "an implementation of an hierarchical Language Model (h-LM) classifier".

The researchers find that longer discussion threads on average are associated with more negative emotions (Figure 7 in manuscript).

[edit] References

  1. James Mowery (2010-12-28). "Why The Bad Guys Win In Social Media" TECHi.
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