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Sunday, May 23, 2010


ICWSM paper on sarcasm in the news

"ICWSM - A Great Catchy Name: Semi-Supervised Recognition of Sarcastic Sentences in Product Reviews" by Oren Tsur, Dmitry Davidov and Ari Rappoport has been getting some press attention - CNET, Financial Post etc.
The paper will be presented at ICWSM during Wednesday's Language Analysis session.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


ICWSM 2010 paper in the news

"From Tweets to Polls: Linking Text Sentiment to Public Opinion Time Series" by O'Connor et al. which will be presented at ICWSM got some press attention (Science, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, CNN, ArsTechnica ) yesterday and was slashdotted.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Response to Ed Chi about the review process

In a comment to a previous post Ed Chi asked:

Can you give some transparency to how decisions are made to reduce a full paper to a poster / short paper?
In answer - the review process this year was somewhat different from previous years:

- For each paper, one SPC-member meta-reviewer and three PC-member reviewers were assigned, primarily based on bidding, with some manual balancing of the reviewers by the PC chairs (in part based on requests from the SPC).

- The PC members submitted reviews independently (i.e., without seeing the other reviews)

- The SPC member then led a discussion of the paper, in the case of any substantive disagreement, and wrote a fourth review summarizing the results. Sometimes extra reviews were asked for at this point. The discussion is not available to the authors, although the SPC members were encouraged to summarize it in the meta-review.

At this point, if everyone's done their job - there's a lot of information about each paper, but all the decisions were based on a very local view of the pool of submissions (as each reviewer sees only 8-10 papers), and reviewers tend to calibrate their scores differently in different sub-areas. In the final stage, a small group - Sam and I, with some help from Marti and previous ICWSM organizers - looked over all the papers, reading the reviews for many of them, the meta-reviews for all of them, and sometimes the papers themselves - to give a final ranking. Aside from the raw scores for the paper, we considered the overall topical balance of the conference, and the perceived breadth of interest in a paper, but these were secondary considerations. This discussion is also not provided to the authors.

BTW, my comment about this year having a strong pool of submissions wasn't polite conversation. There were a half-dozen papers with an average score of 8.5 or above, 16 papers with an average score of 8 or above, and 30 with an average score of 7 or above. After looking the papers over one of our first steps was to figure out what was the maximal amount of papers we could present as plenaries (25), given the time constraints of the conference, and we spent a lot of time discussing the papers that were close to the cut-off. We also considered but rejected the possibility of introducing parallel sessions this year.

William Cohen
co-PC chair


Data challenge workshop deadline: March 10th

Just a heads-up, the deadline for submitting papers to the ICWSM 2010
data workshop is March 10th! See for submission details.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


ICWSM paper decisions are done!

The technical-paper decisions for ICWSM have now been made, and notices have been sent out.

Overall there were 133 papers, posters, and demos submitted. Of these, 25 were accepted for plenary presentation - which is the maximum we could schedule in a single track. An additional 54 were accepted as posters, and 2 were accepted as demos. A list of accepted papers will be posted on the web site soon, with a detailed schedule to follow.

I'd like to give a big "thank you" to the PC and SPC for all their hard work, and the authors for writing and submitting a very strong group of papers!

- William

Monday, January 11, 2010


Papers are in and bidding is open...

Thanks to all the authors that submitted last Friday. There are a total of 136 submissions, many of which - from the quick glances I've taken so far - seem to be very strong. The technical program looks like it's off to a great start.

Bidding on the papers was opened this weekend. I've heard some reports of problems with the software, and we're looking into that. Hopefully we will be able to complete the bidding process by Tuesday and get them assigned soon after.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Welcome to the ICWSM 2010 Blog!

As in past years, we will be using this space for announcements.

For ICWSM 2010, we've got a wonderful venue at George Washington University, and we've got the beginnings of a great technical program. We were lucky to get two great speakers for our keynote talks - Michael Kearns of U Penn and Bob Kraut of CMU. Departing from tradition, our third invited talk will be replaced by an hour-long invited session featuring talks by three prominent social scientists James Pennebaker (Dept Psychology, U Texas), Nicole Ellison (Dept Telecomm, Mich State), and S. Craig Watkins (Dept Radio, TV, Film, U Texas). As in previous years, we're looking forward to a panel discussion - this time with three speakers that will discuss the role of social media in government (and vice versa): Macon Phillips, teh Head of New Media in the White House; Don Burke, who developed the CIA's Intellipedia project; and Haym Hirsh, the director of NSF's IIS division. We also have a strong tutorial program lined up (details will follow), and as in past years, there will be an ICWSM data challenge and corresponding workshop.

Of course, what we really need to make the conference successful will be technical contributions from all of you! The paper submission site is already open, and will be open through January 8th. We're hoping for another excellent crop of strong submissions this year.If you are a prospective author, be warned that is deadline is firm. If you're on the PC, we will be opening bidding for papers as soon as possible after the 8th.

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