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Quality dimensions features for identifying high-quality user replies in text forum threads using classification methods

Osman, Akram and Salim, Naomie and Saeed, Faisal (2019) Quality dimensions features for identifying high-quality user replies in text forum threads using classification methods. PLoS ONE, 14 (5). e0215516-e0215516. ISSN 1932-6203


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215516


The Text Forum Threads (TFThs) contain a large amount of Initial-Posts Replies pairs (IPR pairs) which are related to information exchange and discussion amongst the forum users with similar interests. Generally, some user replies in the discussion thread are off-topic and irrelevant. Hence, the content is of different qualities. It is important to identify the quality of the IPR pairs in a discussion thread in order to extract relevant information and helpful replies because a higher frequency of irrelevant replies in the thread could take the discussion in a different direction and the genuine users would lose interest in this discussion thread. In this study, the authors have presented an approach for identifying the high-quality user replies to the Initial-Post and use some quality dimensions features for their extraction. Moreover, crowdsourcing platforms were used for judging the quality of the replies and classified them into high-quality, low-quality or non-quality replies to the Initial-Posts. Then, the high-quality IPR pairs were extracted and identified based on their quality, and they were ranked using three classifiers i.e., Support Vector Machine, Naïve Bayes, and the Decision Trees according to their quality dimensions of relevancy, author activeness, timeliness, ease-of-understanding, politeness, and amount-of-data. In conclusion, the experimental results for the TFThs showed that the proposed approach could improve the extraction of the quality replies and identify the quality features that can be used for the Text Forum Thread Summarization.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Text Forum Threads, quality dimensions
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
ID Code:88456
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:15 Dec 2020 08:06
Last Modified:15 Dec 2020 08:06

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