Linguistic Harbingers of Betrayal: A Case Study on an Online Strategy Game

@inproceedings{Niculae2015LinguisticHO,
  title={Linguistic Harbingers of Betrayal: A Case Study on an Online Strategy Game},
  author={Vlad Niculae and Srijan Kumar and Jordan L. Boyd-Graber and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil},
  booktitle={ACL},
  year={2015}
}
Interpersonal relations are fickle, with close friendships often dissolving into enmity. In this work, we explore linguistic cues that presage such transitions by studying dyadic interactions in an online strategy game where players form alliances and break those alliances through betrayal. We characterize friendships that are unlikely to last and examine temporal patterns that foretell betrayal. We reveal that subtle signs of imminent betrayal are encoded in the conversational patterns of the… CONTINUE READING