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When Similar Tags do not Describe Similar Things: Evidence of Communities among Users

Technical Report #:07-05
Author(s): Michael Muller

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ABSTRACT
This note explores certain anomalous patterns that appear to be common in social tagging data, namely two or more tags that
appear to have the same meaning, but that are used differently. We analyzed data from an enterprise social-tagging service,
exploring the resources, tags, and users associated with tags that seem to refer to the same concept, but that show strongly different
patterns in use. We show that the anomalous patterns of these seemingly similar tags may be evidence of communities among
users, with clear implications for design choices in tagging services.


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