How Mechanical Turkers Crowdsourced a Huge Lexicon of Links Between Words and Emotion One of the buzzphrases associated with the social web is sentiment analysis. This is the ability to determine a person’s opinion or state of mind by analysing the words they post on Twitter, Facebook or some other medium. Much has been promised with this method—the ability to measure satisfaction with politicians, movies and products; the ability to better manage customer relations; the ability to create dialogue for emotion-aware games; the ability to measure the flow of emotion in novels; and so on. The idea is to entirely automate this process—to analyse the firehose of words produced by social websites using advanced data mining techniques to gauge sentiment on a vast scale. But all this depends on how well we understand the emotion and polarity (whether negative or positive) that people associate with each word or combinations of words.
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10 Things We Learned from the GOOD Exchange Fellowship Last week, we brought together five incredible individuals from around the world to participate in our first-ever fellowship program, the GOOD Exchange. Without being certain what exactly would transpire, we had a hunch that these change-makers’ interaction with one another and local like-minded organizations would yield some remarkable outcomes. Having been present for nearly all of the workshops, activities and brainstorming sessions, I was blown away not only by the engagement and enthusiasm of each participating fellow and organization, but also by the depth of conversation and the meaningful exchange of ideas that lasted through the final Friday event. I reached out to the fellows and other participants of the program to ask: What was your biggest takeaway from the week? Here are our collective top 10 takeaways, in no particular order. 1.
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