Projecting Computational Sense of Self: A Study of Transition in a Chronic Illness Online Community

McArthur, Rob, Bruza, Peter, Warren, Jim, & Kralik, Debbie (2006) Projecting Computational Sense of Self: A Study of Transition in a Chronic Illness Online Community. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'06), IEEE, Kauai, Hawaii, 91c.

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We report on analysis of discussions in an online community of people with chronic illness using socio-cognitively motivated, automatically produced semantic spaces. The analysis aims to further the emerging theory of "transition" (how people can learn to incorporate the consequences of illness into their lives). An automatically derived representation of sense of self for individuals is created in the semantic space by the analysis of the email utterances of the community members. The movement over time of the sense of self is visualised, via projection, with respect to axes of "ordinariness" and "extra-ordinariness". Qualitative evaluation shows that the visualisation is paralleled by the transitions of people during the course of their illness. The research aims to progress tools for analysis of textual data to promote greater use of tacit knowledge as found in online virtual communities. We hope it also encourages further interest in representation of sense-of-self.

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ID Code: 48388
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2006.400
ISBN: 0-7695-2507-5
ISSN: 1530-1605
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2012 07:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:24

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