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Mining Online Deal Forums for Hot Deals

Wen-tau Yih, Po-hao Chang, and Wooyoung Kim


Online deal forums are public places where the participants share with each other news and information regarding “deals” such as sales promotion events by online stores. The large number of messages in the forums and their inherent uncertainty make it difficult for even human users to extract useful “deal” information from the forums. We develop an intelligent “deal alert” Web service which assists ordinary Web surfers by mining online deal forums for valid deals. It periodically crawls relevant deal forums to collect fresh message posts and responses, and evaluate them using a form of probabilistic text classification based on machine learning techniques. Users may be notified of new, “potentially” useful deal messages via emails or they may browse them on a Web browser.


Publication typeProceedings
Published inProceedings of The 2004 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence 2004
PublisherIEEE Communications Society
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