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Kopeinik Simone, Seitlinger Paul, Lex Elisabeth

A Study of Confirmation Bias and Polarization in Information Behavio

European Symposium on Computational Social Science (EuroCSS, Zurich, Switzerlan, 2019


Kopeinik Simone, Lex Elisabeth, Kowald Dominik, Albert Dietrich, Seitlinger Paul

A Real-Life School Study of Confirmation Bias and Polarisation in Information Behaviou

Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 2019

When people engage in Social Networking Sites, they influence one another through their contributions. Prior research suggests that the interplay between individual differences and environmental variables, such as a person’s openness to conflicting information, can give rise to either public spheres or echo chambers. In this work, we aim to unravel critical processes of this interplay in the context of learning. In particular, we observe high school students’ information behavior (search and evaluation of Web resources) to better understand a potential coupling between confirmatory search and polarization and, in further consequence, improve learning analytics and information services for individual and collective search in learning scenarios. In an empirical study, we had 91 high school students performing an information search in a social bookmarking environment. Gathered log data was used to compute indices of confirmatory search and polarisation as well as to analyze the impact of social stimulation. We find confirmatory search and polarization to correlate positively and social stimulation to mitigate, i.e., reduce the two variables’ relationship. From these findings, we derive practical implications for future work that aims to refine our formalism to compute confirmatory search and polarisation indices and to apply it for depolarizing information services

Kowald Dominik, Seitlinger Paul , Ley Tobias , Lex Elisabeth

The Impact of Semantic Context Cues on the User Acceptance of Tag Recommendations: An Online Study

Companion Proceedings of the 27th International World Wide Web Conference, ACM, Lyon, France, 2018

In this paper, we present the results of an online study with the aim to shed light on the impact that semantic context cues have on the user acceptance of tag recommendations. Therefore, we conducted a work-integrated social bookmarking scenario with 17 university employees in order to compare the user acceptance of a context-aware tag recommendation algorithm called 3Layers with the user acceptance of a simple popularity-based baseline. In this scenario, we validated and verified the hypothesis that semantic context cues have a higher impact on the user acceptance of tag recommendations in a collaborative tagging setting than in an individual tagging setting. With this paper, we contribute to the sparse line of research presenting online recommendation studies.

Kopeinik Simone, Lex Elisabeth, Seitlinger Paul, Ley Tobias, Albert Dietrich

Supporting collaborative learning with tag recommendations: a real-world study in an inquiry-based classroom project

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK 2017), ACM, Vancouver, 2017

In online social learning environments, tagging has demonstratedits potential to facilitate search, to improve recommendationsand to foster reflection and learning.Studieshave shown that shared understanding needs to be establishedin the group as a prerequisite for learning. We hypothesisethat this can be fostered through tag recommendationstrategies that contribute to semantic stabilization.In this study, we investigate the application of two tag recommendersthat are inspired by models of human memory:(i) the base-level learning equation BLL and (ii) Minerva.BLL models the frequency and recency of tag use while Minervais based on frequency of tag use and semantic context.We test the impact of both tag recommenders on semanticstabilization in an online study with 56 students completinga group-based inquiry learning project in school. Wefind that displaying tags from other group members contributessignificantly to semantic stabilization in the group,as compared to a strategy where tags from the students’individual vocabularies are used. Testing for the accuracyof the different recommenders revealed that algorithms usingfrequency counts such as BLL performed better whenindividual tags were recommended. When group tags wererecommended, the Minerva algorithm performed better. Weconclude that tag recommenders, exposing learners to eachother’s tag choices by simulating search processes on learners’semantic memory structures, show potential to supportsemantic stabilization and thus, inquiry-based learning ingroups.

Dennerlein Sebastian, Ley Tobias, , Lex Elisabeth, Seitlinger Paul

Take up my Tags: Exploring Benefits of Collaborative Learning in a Social Tagging Field Study at the Workplace

European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2016), EC-TEL 2016, Springer-Verlag, Cham, 2016

In the digital realm, meaning making is reflected in the reciprocal manipulation of mediating artefacts. We understand uptake, i.e. interaction with and understanding of others’ artefact interpretations, as central mechanism and investigate its impact on individual and social learning at work. Results of our social tagging field study indicate that increased uptake of others’ tags is related to a higher shared understanding of collaborators as well as narrower and more elaborative exploration in individual information search. We attribute the social and individual impact to accommodative processes in the high uptake condition.

Seitlinger Paul, Kowald Dominik, Kopeinik Simone, Hasani-Mavriqi Ilire, Ley Tobias, Lex Elisabeth

Attention Please! A Hybrid Resource Recommender Mimicking Attention-Interpretation Dynamics

In 24rd International World Wide Web Conference, Web-Science Track, Aldo Gangemi, Stefano Leonardi and Alessandro Panconesi, ACM, Florence, 2015

Classic resource recommenders like Collaborative Filtering(CF) treat users as being just another entity, neglecting non-linear user-resource dynamics shaping attention and inter-pretation. In this paper, we propose a novel hybrid rec-ommendation strategy that re nes CF by capturing thesedynamics. The evaluation results reveal that our approachsubstantially improves CF and, depending on the dataset,successfully competes with a computationally much moreexpensive Matrix Factorization variant.

Ley Tobias, Seitlinger Paul

A Cognitive Perspective on Emergent Semantics in Collaborative Tagging: The Basic Level Effect

International Workshop on Adaptation in Social and Semantic Web - SASWeb 2010, Cena, F., Dattolo, A., Kleanthous, S., Tasso, C., Vallejo, D. B., Vassileva, J. , CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2010

Researching the emergence of semantics in social systems needs totake into account how users process information in their cognitive system. Wereport results of an experimental study in which we examined the interactionbetween individual expertise and the basic level advantage in collaborative tagging.The basic level advantage describes availability in memory of certain preferredlevels of taxonomic abstraction when categorizing objects and has beenshown to vary with level of expertise. In the study, groups of students taggedinternet resources for a 10-week period. We measured the availability of tags inmemory with an association test and a relevance rating and found a basic leveladvantage for tags from more general as opposed to specific levels of the taxonomy.An interaction with expertise also emerged. Contrary to our expectations,groups that spent less time to develop a shared understanding shifted tomore specific levels as compared to groups that spent more time on a topic. Weattribute this to impaired collaboration in the groups. We discuss implicationsfor personalized tag and resource recommendations.
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