Science studies the dogmatic internet commenter

Scientists from Stanford and Microsoft have made the first study of dogmatic internet commenters, using a sample of Reddit comments between 2007-15.

Researchers from Stanford and Microsoft have created a scientific methodology to measure the frequency and output of intransigent commenters in social networks – those whose contributions are written as statements of fact, rather than contributions to a discourse.

In Identifying Dogmatism in Social Media: Signals and Models, Human Computer Interaction researcher Ethan Fast and Technical Fellow at Microsoft Eric Horvitz trained their analysis system using only 5000 annotated posts from Reddit communities but were able to apply the derived principles to millions of other comments on the popular social site.

The research, which used crowdworkers on Amazon Mechanical Turk, rated users’ contributions on a scale of 1-5, effectively ranging from ‘let’s talk’ to ‘flame on!’.

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