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LINGUIST List 23.2454

Wed May 23 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics/USA

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Date: 22-May-2012
From: Marco Pennacchiotti <marco.pennacchiottigmail.com>
Subject: Politics, Elections and Data Workshop at CIKM'12
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Full Title: Politics, Elections and Data Workshop at CIKM'12
Short Title: PLEAD

Date: 02-Nov-2012 - 02-Nov-2012
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Contact Person: Ingmar Weber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://research.yahoo.com/workshops/plead2012/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Jun-2012

Meeting Description:

What is the role of the internet in politics and during campaigns and what is the role of large amounts of user data in all of this? In the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, the Democrats were far more successful than the Republicans in utilizing online media for mobilization, co-ordination and fundraising. For the first time, social media and the Internet played a fundamental role in political campaigns. However, technical research in this area has been surprisingly limited and fragmented.

The goal of this 1-day workshop, taking place right before the U.S. presidential elections, is to bring together researchers working at the intersection of social network analysis, computational social science and political science, to share and discuss their ideas in a common forum; and to inspire further developments in this growing, fascinating field of computational political science.

The Workshop Topics:

Classifying users according to political leaning
Classifying web queries and web pages according to political leaning
Discovering political topics from search logs and social media data
Describing and quantifying political campaigns and their effect on online media
Influence of political fact checking (e.g. Politifact) on rumor spreading
Visualizing political issues and other socio-economic controversies
Applying sentiment analysis to find positive/negative aspects of issues
Quantifying the effects of a 'Daily Me' in political search and content
Prediction markets for election prediction

The workshop will include Filippo Menczer as a keynote speaker, a panel discussion with scientists and media experts, as well as presentations of accepted contributions. The schedule will provide time for both organized and open discussion.

Call for Papers:

Submission Guidelines:

Papers should be no longer than 8 pages (2-column), including all references, figures and appendices. Shorter papers describing work in progress are explicitly encouraged, though there is no separate short paper track. Please submit your papers through CIKM's CMT Site (https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/CIKM2012/Default.aspx). You'll find the workshop listed as one of CIKM's 'tracks'.

Submissions should follow the ACM SIG proceedings format, Option 2 (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates/).

All submissions must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Please ensure that any special fonts used are included in the submitted documents. All papers must be original and must not have been published or under review elsewhere.

Important Dates:

June 29, 2012: Papers submission deadline
August 3, 2012: Notification of acceptance
August 19, 2012: Camera-ready submission
November 2, 2012: Workshop date (tentative)

All due dates are defined in terms of times before 11:59pm, Hawaii time (i.e., GMT - 10 hours) of the due date.

The 1-day workshop will take place during October 29 - November 2 but the exact date still needs to be confirmed.

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