Paper: Identifying Intention Posts in Discussion Forums

ACL ID N13-1124
Title Identifying Intention Posts in Discussion Forums
Venue Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013

This paper proposes to study the problem of identifying intention posts in online discus- sion forums. For example, in a discussion fo- rum, a user wrote ?I plan to buy a camera,? which indicates a buying intention. This in- tention can be easily exploited by advertisers. To the best of our knowledge, there is still no reported study of this problem. Our research found that this problem is particularly suited to transfer learning because in different do- mains, people express the same intention in similar ways. We then propose a new transfer learning method which, unlike a general transfer learning algorithm, exploits several special characteristics of the problem. Exper- imental results show that the proposed meth- od outperforms several strong baselines, including supervised l...