February 19, 2012

CAN EMAIL WORDING BE A TIPOFF TO who’s the boss? “The ‘Enron corpus,’ as the database of employee emails revealed during investigations into Enron’s massive fraud in the early 2000s became known, has turned into a gift that keeps on giving to researchers. For Eric Gilbert, assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, the email database has shed light on which words are used most frequently in messages going up and down the corporate hierarchy (and yes, a conservative approach and many filters were used to ensure the types of messages examined would apply to a typical organization, not just a fraudulent one).”

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