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E-Patient reputation in Health Forums

Amine Abdaoui 1 Jérôme Azé 1 Sandra Bringay 1, 2 Pascal Poncelet 1 
1 ADVANSE - ADVanced Analytics for data SciencE
LIRMM - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier
Abstract : Online health forums are increasingly used by patients to get information and help related to their health. However, information reliability in these forums is unfortunately not always guaranteed. Obviously, consequences of self-diagnosis may be severe on the patient's health if measures are taken without consulting a doctor. Many works on trust issues related to social media have been proposed, but most of them mainly focus only on the structure part of the social network (number of posts, number of likes, etc.). In the case of online health forums, a lot of trust and distrust is expressed inside the posted messages and cannot be inferred by only considering the structure. In this study, we rather suggest inferring the user's trustworthiness from the replies he receives in the forum. The proposed method is divided into three main steps: First, the recipient(s) of each post must be identified. Next, the trust or distrust expressed in these posts is evaluated. Finally, the user's reputation is computed by aggregating all the posts he received. Conducted experiments using a manually annotated corpus are encouraging.
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Amine Abdaoui, Jérôme Azé, Sandra Bringay, Pascal Poncelet. E-Patient reputation in Health Forums. MEDINFO: World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, Aug 2015, São Paulo, Brazil. pp.137-141. ⟨lirmm-01131961⟩



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