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PhD Student Seminar – Ethnography of Spoken Document Use by Financial Analysts
Mon, February 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
KMD Collaborative Program
PRESENTER: Siavash Kazemian \ Department of Computer Science
When: Monday, February 29, 2016 \ 3:30 – 4:00 PM
Where: Room 728, Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street
*Join us afterwards for refreshments during the KMDI Coffee Club from 4:00- 5:00 PM
In this talk, I present a recent ethnographic study I conducted to learn about the information seeking behaviours of financial analysts on Wall St. We were mainly interested in understanding how spoken documents (e.g., audio/video records or transcripts of FED news conferences, earning calls, etc.) are used. Thematic analysis of the gathered data from the observations, which included transcripts of semi-structured interviews, enabled us to describe aspects of the financial analyst’s Information Seeking Process and produce a taxonomy of their desired information seeking outcomes. I then present the results of a follow-up software critique study that examined how currently-used software systems support financial analysts in utilizing spoken documents.
Siavash Kazemian is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Computer Science and also a KMD CP doctoral student. His main research interests are task- and domain- dependant Automatic Speech Processing and Sentiment Analysis.