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Rachel Ehrenberg, Culture beaker

In online reviews, patterns in vocabulary can betray deceit

3:06pm, November 21, 2011

SN Prime | September 12, 2011 | Vol. 1, No. 13

My room at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago was small, but not cramped. There’s a decent attached restaurant and a free evening wine hour in the ornateyet cozy, thanks to the working fireplacelobby. The hotel is a few blocks from the convention center, ideal for a reporter covering a scientific conference. I know, because I was there. But how do you know I was there?

Look closely at my review. Online reviews are littered with linguistic clues that separate legitimate reviews from the fakes, new research reveals. And we should

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