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News articles typically drive a lot of traffic in the form of comments posted by users on a news site. Such user-generated content tends to carry additional information such as entities and sentiment. In general, when articles are recommended to users, only popularity (e.g., most shared and most commented), recency, and sometimes (manual) editors' picks(More)
Access to relevant information, adapted to user's needs, preferences and environment, is a challenge in many applications running in content delivery platforms, like IPTV, VoD and mobile Video. In order to provide users with personalized content, applications use various techniques such as content recommendation, content filtering, preference-driven(More)
Food is an integral part of our lives, cultures, and well-being, and is of major interest to public health. The collection of daily nutritional data involves keeping detailed diaries or periodic surveys and is limited in scope and reach. Alternatively, social media is infamous for allowing its users to update the world on the minutiae of their daily lives,(More)
We present MAQSA, a system for social analytics on news. MAQSA provides an interactive topic-centric dashboard that summarizes news articles and social activity (e.g., comments and tweets) around them. MAQSA helps editors and publishers in newsrooms understand user engagement and audience sentiment evolution on various topics of interest. It also helps news(More)
Motivated by the recent research on diversity-aware search, we investigate the k-diverse near neighbor reporting problem. The problem is defined as follows: given a query point q, report the <i>maximum diversity</i> set S of k points in the ball of radius r around q. The diversity of a set S is measured by the minimum distance between any pair of points in(More)
Profiles and contexts are the main concepts used by modern applications (e.g. e-commerce and recommender systems) to adapt content delivery services to the users' needs, preferences and environment. Although the definitions of the two terms slightly differ from one application to another, there is a general agreement to distinguish them and use them(More)
What food is so good as to be considered pornographic? Worldwide, the popular #foodporn hashtag has been used to share appetizing pictures of peoples' favorite culinary experiences. But social scientists ask whether #foodporn promotes an unhealthy relationship with food, as pornography would contribute to an unrealistic view of sexuality (Rousseau 2014). In(More)
Climate change has received an extensive attention from public opinion in the last couple of years, after being considered for decades as an exclusive scientific debate. Governments and worldwide organizations such as the United Nations are working more than ever on raising and maintaining public awareness toward this global issue. In the present study, we(More)
The concept of city or urban resilience has emerged as one of the key challenges for the next decades. As a consequence , institutions like the United Nations or Rock-efeller Foundation have embraced initiatives that increase or improve it. These efforts translate into funded programs both for action " on the ground " and to develop quantification of(More)
We explore the meaning of "privacy" from the perspective of Qatari nationals as it manifests in digital environments. Although privacy is an essential and widely respected value in many cultures, the way in which it is understood and enacted depends on context. It is especially vital to understand user behaviors regarding privacy in the digital sphere,(More)