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Query Details

Query Subject:   Help Collecting Data: Study about Web Authors
Author:   Einat Amitay
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Query:   Hello,

My name is Einat and I'm a researcher with IBM. I'd like to ask for your
help with a study I'm conducting.

I want to study the way people choose to express themselves in their blogs,
personal homepage, work page, wiki, shared tagging, etc.

In order to do this I need people to send me back a list of the URLs that
they have authored on the Web.

If you are willing to help me collect this information please send me a
list that looks like this:

personal homepage: [url]
blog: [url]
professional homepage: [url]
family album: [url]
anything else: [url]

When the study is over I will send a report to those who will help me
collect this data.


Einat Amitay, PhD.
Information Retrieval Group
IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel

Alter ego:
LL Issue: 17.2848
Date posted: 01-Oct-2006


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