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Application of text mining techniques to the analysis of discourse in eWOM communications from a gender perspective

Teso, E, Olmedilla, M, Martínez Torres, R and Toral, S (2018) Application of text mining techniques to the analysis of discourse in eWOM communications from a gender perspective. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN 0040-1625

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Abstract

The emergence of online user-generated content has raised numerous questions about discourse gender differences as compared to face-to-face interactions. The intended gender-free equality of Internet has been challenged by numerous studies, and significant differences have been found in online communications. This paper proposes the application of text mining techniques to online gender discourse through the analysis of shared reviews in electronic word-of-mouth communities (eWOM), which is a form of user-generated content. More specifically, linguistic issues, sentiment analysis and content analysis were applied to online reviews from a gender perspective. The methodological approach includes gathering online reviews, pre-processing collected reviews and a statistical analysis of documents features to extract the differences between male and female discourses in a specific product category. Findings reveal not only the discourse differences between women and men but also their different preferences and the feasibility of predicting gender using a set of frequent key terms. These findings are interesting both for retailers so they can adapt their offer to the gender of customers, and for online recommender systems, as the proposed methodology can be used to predict the gender of users in those cases where the gender is not explicitly stated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 10 Technology, 14 Economics, 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 05:03
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.12.018
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8002

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