Question and answering made interactive: An exploration of interactions in social Q&A

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Abstract

With the advancement of Web 2.0 techniques, social question and answering has become a new venue for individuals to seek for information online. Although it has been investigated by a number of works lately, so far still little has been known about how people interact with each other in order to satisfy their information needs in social Q&A. With the aim to understand the patterns of user interactions in the social Q&A context, as well as factors that may affect such kind of back-andforth communications, in this work we collect over 1,000 question and answering dialogues from Sina Weibo. Statistical analyses including ANOVA, Pearson's correlation, linear regression and independent t-test are performed in order to answer our proposed research questions. Our results demonstrate the importance of studying the interactions in social Q&A given that about half of our collected question-answer pairs are of interactive nature. From the quantity perspective, we observe that questions within more complicated topics, such as "Healthcare" and "Education" generate more interactions. Significantly positive correlation is also noticed between social tie strength and the number of interactions. By manually annotating all interactive answers, we also indicate the importance of weak ties in providing high quality answers and interactions. Based on our results, we proposed potential implications for future design and implementations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013 - State College, PA
Duration: 8 May 201310 May 2013

Other

Other2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013
CityState College, PA
Period8/5/1310/5/13

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Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Linear regression
Education
Communication
Interaction

Keywords

  • Information exchange
  • Information seeking
  • Social networks
  • Social Q&A
  • Social question and answering
  • Social search
  • Weibo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Artificial Intelligence

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Liu, Z., & Jansen, B. (2013). Question and answering made interactive: An exploration of interactions in social Q&A. In Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013 (pp. 1-10). [6545959] https://doi.org/10.1109/SOCIETY.2013.16

Question and answering made interactive : An exploration of interactions in social Q&A. / Liu, Zhe; Jansen, Bernard.

Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013. 2013. p. 1-10 6545959.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Liu, Z & Jansen, B 2013, Question and answering made interactive: An exploration of interactions in social Q&A. in Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013., 6545959, pp. 1-10, 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013, State College, PA, 8/5/13. https://doi.org/10.1109/SOCIETY.2013.16
Liu Z, Jansen B. Question and answering made interactive: An exploration of interactions in social Q&A. In Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013. 2013. p. 1-10. 6545959 https://doi.org/10.1109/SOCIETY.2013.16
Liu, Zhe ; Jansen, Bernard. / Question and answering made interactive : An exploration of interactions in social Q&A. Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY 2013. 2013. pp. 1-10
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