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Attractiveness Analysis for Health claims on Food Packages

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Huizhi Liang



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer, 2022.

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Health Claims (Health Claims) on food packages are statements used to describe the relationship between the nutritional content and the health benefits of food products. They are popularly used by food manufacturers to attract consumers and promote their products. How to design and develop NLP tools to better support the food industry to predict the attractiveness of health claims has not yet been investigated. To bridge this gap, we propose a novel NLP task: attractiveness analysis. We collected two datasets: 1) a health claim dataset that contains both EU approved Health Claims and publicly available Health claims from food products sold in supermarkets in EU countries; 2) a consumer preference dataset that contains a large set of health claim pairs with preference labels. Using these data, we propose a novel model focusing on the syntactic and pragmatic features of health claims for consumer preference prediction. The experimental results show the proposed model achieves high prediction accuracy. Beyond the prediction model, as case studies, we proposed and validated three important attractiveness factors: specialised terminology, sentiment, and metaphor. The results suggest that the proposed model can be effectively used for attractiveness analysis. This research contributes to developing an AI-powered decision making support tool for food manufacturers in designing attractive health claims for consumers.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Li X, Liang H, Ryder C, Jones R, Liu Z

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 20th Australasian Conference Data Mining (AusDM 2022)

Year of Conference: 2022

Pages: 217-232

Online publication date: 05/12/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 16/11/2022

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-981-19-8746-5_16

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Series Title: Communications in Computer and Information Science

ISBN: 9789811987458