Paper: Word Salad: Relating Food Prices and Descriptions

ACL ID D12-1124
Title Word Salad: Relating Food Prices and Descriptions
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012

We investigate the use of language in food writing, specifically on restaurant menus and in customer reviews. Our approach is to build predictive models of concrete external vari- ables, such as restaurant menu prices. We make use of a dataset of menus and customer reviews for thousands of restaurants in several U.S. cities. By focusing on prediction tasks and doing our analysis at scale, our method- ology allows quantitative, objective measure- ments of the words and phrases used to de- scribe food in restaurants. We also explore interactions in language use between menu prices and sentiment as expressed in user re- views.