IS assistant professor and CS field member Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil gave two keynotes in one week, at events associated with the annual Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) conference: “Social Cues in Conversational Dynamics” at SocialNLP and "Language Norms and Social Dynamics" at NLP and Computational Social Science.

One topic he covered was a system for scoring the politeness of requests. The accompanying image depicts the system output on an actual question that a Cornell colleague might have said in a moment of weakness.  Interested parties may try the system out at