Anomalous Tagging Patterns Can Show Communities among Users

This poster explores certain anomalous patterns that appear to be common in social tagging data, in which seemingly similar tags are used quite differently. We analyzed data from an enterprise social-tagging service, exploring the resources, tags, and users associated with tags that show these peculiar patterns of usage. We show that the anomalous patterns of these seemingly similar tags may be evidence of communities among users, with clear implications for design choices in tagging services.

By: Michael Muller

Published in: RC24407 in 2007


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