Detect rumors using time series of social context information on microblogging

Jing Ma, Wei Gao, Zhongyu Wei, Yueming Lu, Kam Fai Wong

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Automatically identifying rumors from online social media especially microblogging websites is an important research issue. Most of existing work for rumor detection focuses on modeling features related to microblog contents, users and propagation patterns, but ignore the importance of the variation of these social context features during the message propagation over time. In this study, we propose a novel approach to capture the temporal characteristics of these features based on the time series of rumor’s lifecycle, for which time series modeling technique is applied to incorporate various social context information. Our experiments using the events in two microblog datasets confirm that the method outperforms state-of-the-art rumor detection approaches by large margins. Moreover, our model demonstrates strong performance on detecting rumors at early stage after their initial broadcast.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Media Content Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Language Processing and Beyond
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789813223615
ISBN (Print)9789813223608
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Ma, J., Gao, W., Wei, Z., Lu, Y., & Wong, K. F. (2017). Detect rumors using time series of social context information on microblogging. In Social Media Content Analysis: Natural Language Processing and Beyond (pp. 67-77). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd.