Identifying rhetorical questions in social media

Suhas Ranganath, Xia Hu, Jiliang Tang, Suhang Wang, Huan Liu

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Abstract

Social media provides a platform for seeking information from a large user base. Information seeking in social media, however, occurs simultaneously with users expressing their viewpoints by making statements. Rhetorical questions have the form of a question but serve the function of a statement and might mislead platforms assisting information seeking in social media. It becomes difficult to identify rhetorical questions as they are not syntactically different from other questions. In this paper, we develop a framework to identify rhetorical questions by modeling the motivations of the users to post them.We focus on one motivation of the users drawing from linguistic theories, to implicitly convey a message. We develop a framework from this motivation to identify rhetorical questions in social media and evaluate the framework using questions posted on Twitter. This is the first framework to model the motivations for posting rhetorical questions to identify them on social media platforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
PublisherAAAI press
Pages667-670
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357582
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016 - Cologne, Germany
Duration: May 17 2016May 20 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
CountryGermany
CityCologne
Period5/17/165/20/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Ranganath, S., Hu, X., Tang, J., Wang, S., & Liu, H. (2016). Identifying rhetorical questions in social media. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016 (pp. 667-670). (Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016). AAAI press.