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Ralf Krestel

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Classification of German Newspaper Comments


Online news has gradually become an inherent part of many people’s every day life, with the media enabling a social and interactive consumption of news as well. Readers openly express their perspectives and emotions for a current event by commenting news articles. They also form online communities and interact with each other by replying to other users’ comments. Due to their active and significant role in the diffusion of information, automatically gaining insights of these comments’ content is an interesting task. We are especially interested in finding systematic differences among the user comments from different newspapers. To this end, we propose the following classification task: Given a news comment thread of a particular article, identify the newspaper it comes from. Our corpus consists of six well-known German newspapers and their comments. We propose two experimental settings using SVM classifiers build on comment- and article-based features. We achieve precision of up to 90% for individual newspapers.

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