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SENSE4US Newsletter Issue No.6 June 2015 - published!

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Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis

This book:

  • Intellectual Challenge: Research on sentiment analysis is rooted in the ancient arts of hermeneutics and linguistic philosophy
  • Academic Relevance: Sentiment analysis is exemplar qualitative analysis that has been automated
  • Semantic Web : Sentiment analysis is key to ‘intelligent’ search and retrieval especially in the mission critical area of surveillance and law & order
  • Financial Reward: Sentiment analysis is the missing link between fundamental analysis and technical analysis for financial markets

This volume maps the watershed areas between two 'holy grails' of computer science: the identification and interpretation of affect – including sentiment and mood. The expression of sentiment and mood involves the use of metaphors, especially in emotive situations. Affect computing is rooted in hermeneutics, philosophy, political science and sociology, and is now a key area of research in computer science. The 24/7 news sites and blogs facilitate the expression and shaping of opinion locally and globally.  Sentiment analysis, based on text and data mining, is being used in the looking at news and blogs for purposes as diverse as: brand management, film reviews, financial market analysis and prediction, homeland security. There are systems that learn how sentiments are articulated.
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Energy Policy Making in the EU

This book:

  • Discusses successful and unsuccessful attempts to include energy issues in the European policy agenda
  • Presents successful cases in which energy issues were addressed by means of public policy and analyzes failed attempts to make issues part of the European policy agenda
  • Helps to develop a research agenda for future research

The book adopts an innovative analytical approach to agenda setting by not only presenting successful cases in which energy issues were addressed by means of public policy, but by also analyzing failed attempts to make issues part of the European policy agenda. Another outstanding feature of the book is its use of the latest empirical data on a broad range of energy issues.
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Energy, Policy, and the Environment

This book:

  • Presents the view of small communities and what they can offer to current developments in terms of energy as well as the perspective of rural bioenergy producers
  • Opens the debate on the linkages between energy and the environment in specifically the Northern European context.
  • Looks at how an emergent Russia affects energy and environmental issues in the north

This book sets the questions of energy and the environment in the North in the global context and further addresses historical developments, views on energy taxation and tariffs, and effects of EU energy policy.

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PM+: EU policymakers must send 'clear signal' on energy policy

Recent EU announcements on energy are welcome but as always, argues Sandrine Dixson-Declève, the 'devil is in the detail'.

There’s a series of highly technical decisions taking place in Brussels that will determine the future investment of billions of Euros across Europe.

Last week [of February] saw the launch of the new energy union framework strategy, the EU’s vision for an international climate agreement, and a vote on reforming carbon trading.

There’s no coincidence that these should come together. Europe can’t achieve its commitment of at least a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions without appropriate means - namely robust energy policy and an effective carbon market.

It’s easy to drown in the acronyms, but the ins-and-outs of an MSR (market stability reserve) lowering UEAs (carbon allowances) in the EU-ETS (European Union emissions trading scheme) are not going to be discussed in many board meetings. Business simply needs a clear signal that low-carbon is the direction of travel. And it’s looking to policymakers to deliver.

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