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Title: Social voting advice applications-definitions, challenges, datasets and evaluation.
Authors: Tsapatsoulis, Nicolas 
Katakis, Ioannis 
Mendez, Fernando 
Triga, Vasiliki 
Djouvas, Constantinos 
Keywords: Data analysis
Decision support systems
Knowledge discovery
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: IEEE
Source: Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 7, pages 1039 - 1052
Abstract: Voting advice applications (VAAs) are online tools that have become increasingly popular and purportedly aid users in deciding which party/candidate to vote for during an election. In this paper we present an innovation to current VAA design which is based on the introduction of a social network element. We refer to this new type of online tool as a social voting advice application (SVAA). SVAAs extend VAAs by providing (a) community-based recommendations, (b) comparison of users’ political opinions, and (c) a channel of user communication. In addition, SVAAs enriched with data mining modules, can operate as citizen sensors recording the sentiment of the electorate on issues and candidates. Drawing on VAA datasets generated by the Preference Matcher research consortium, we evaluate the results of the first VAA—Choose4Greece—which incorporated social voting features and was launched during the landmark Greek national elections of 2012. We demonstrate how an SVAA can provide community based features and, at the same time, serve as a citizen sensor. Evaluation of the proposed techniques is realized on a series of datasets collected from various VAAs, including Choose4Greece. The collection is made available online in order to promote research in the field.
ISSN: 2168-2267
DOI: 10.1109/TCYB.2013.2279019
Rights: © 2013 IEEE
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