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I'm interested in the meaning of flag as a verb and interest in this sentence:

Variables can be extracted from social media content that flag an interest, emotion, or attitude of the contributor.

http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/flag_2

does "interest" mean "people likes" here???

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  • I would think that it means what it usually means, ie something that the person is interested in. – Max Williams Jun 17 '16 at 12:19
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    It means people are interested in. You may be interested in things you don't necessarily like. But should rather ask this question on our sister site, English Language Learners. – Dan Bron Jun 17 '16 at 12:20
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To flag something is to mark it as something. You can flag comments that you find offensive, funny, useful etc.

Interest has it's usual meaning here.

Also, does "interest" mean "people likes" here??? is incorrect English. Should be people's likes

Contributor is used to refer to the person who makes the comments in question. He who contributes those comments.

  • so it simply means to mark sth? – Mohamed Jun 17 '16 at 12:51
  • Yes, I would flag your comment as weak for example. – Darshan Chaudhary Jun 17 '16 at 12:52
  • I'm wondering what contributer means here aswell :S. – Mohamed Jun 17 '16 at 12:58
  • So you can flag my comment as not clear. Get it now? :) – Darshan Chaudhary Jun 17 '16 at 13:00
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The author is referring to content on social media that refer to ('flag') an area of 'interest' (as in 'hobbies & interests' e.g. motorcycles) of the author of the content.

For example a post might say 'My sewing project is going well' - the post 'flags' the 'interest' of sewing.

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