Applauses in hotel reviews: Genuine or deceptive?

Snehasish Banerjee, Alton Y.K. Chua

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With the profusion of social media, users increasingly browse through hotel reviews posted in websites such as or to make a booking. Concurrently, contributing deceptive reviews to unduly applaud hotels is fast becoming a well-established e-business malpractice. Therefore, analyzing differences between genuine and deceptive reviews has become a pressing issue. Though such differences are generally difficult to detect, there could be telltale signs in terms of readability, genre, and writing style of reviews. This paper thus conducts a linguistic analysis to investigate the extent to which readability, genre, and writing style could predict review authenticity. Drawing data from a publicly available secondary dataset that includes 400 genuine and 400 deceptive reviews for hotels, results indicate that readability and writing style could be significant predictors of review authenticity. With respect to review genre however, differences between genuine and deceptive reviews appeared largely blurred. The implications of the findings are discussed. Finally, the paper concludes with notes on limitations and future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventScience and Information Conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Aug 201429 Aug 2014


ConferenceScience and Information Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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