Ipoll: automatic polling using online search

Thin Nguyen, Dinh Phung, Wei Luo, Truyen Tran, Svetha Venkatesh

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For years, opinion polls rely on data collected through telephone or person-to-person surveys. The process is costly, inconvenient, and slow. Recently online search data has emerged as potential proxies for the survey data. However considerable human involvement is still needed for the selection of search indices, a task that requires knowledge of both the target issue and how search terms are used by the online community. The robustness of such manually selected search indices can be questionable. In this paper, we propose an automatic polling system through a novel application of machine learning. In this system, the needs for examining, comparing, and selecting search indices have been eliminated through automatic generation of candidate search indices and intelligent combination of the indices. The results include a publicly accessible web application that provides real-time, robust, and accurate measurements of public opinions on several subjects of general interest.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2014
Subtitle of host publication15th International Conference Thessaloniki, Greece, October 12-14, 2014 Proceedings, Part II
EditorsBoualem Benatallah, Azer Bestavros, Yannis Manolopoulos, Athena Vakali, Yanchun Zhang
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319117461, 9783319117492
ISBN (Print)9783319117454, 9783319117485
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering 2014 - Thessaloniki , Greece
Duration: 12 Oct 201414 Oct 2014
Conference number: 15th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-11749-2 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering 2014
Abbreviated titleWISE 2014
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  • Information extraction
  • Opinion polls
  • Web search

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