Text truth: An unsupervised approach to discover trustworthy information from multi-sourced text data

Hengtong Zhang, Yaliang Li, Fenglong Ma, Jing Gao, Lu Su

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Abstract

Truth discovery has attracted increasingly more attention due to its ability to distill trustworthy information from noisy multi-sourced data without any supervision. However, most existing truth discovery methods are designed for structured data, and cannot meet the strong need to extract trustworthy information from raw text data as text data has its unique characteristics. The major challenges of inferring true information on text data stem from the multifactorial property of text answers (i.e., an answer may contain multiple key factors) and the diversity of word usages (i.e., different words may have the same semantic meaning). To tackle these challenges, in this paper, we propose a novel truth discovery method, named “TextTruth”, which jointly groups the keywords extracted from the answers of a specific question into multiple interpretable factors, and infers the trustworthiness of both answer factors and answer providers. After that, the answers to each question can be ranked based on the estimated trustworthiness of factors. The proposed method works in an unsupervised manner, and thus can be applied to various application scenarios that involve text data. Experiments on three real-world datasets show that the proposed TextTruth model can accurately select trustworthy answers, even when these answers are formed by multiple factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKDD 2018 - Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages2729-2737
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781450355520
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2018
Event24th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, KDD 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 19 2018Aug 23 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

Other

Other24th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, KDD 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/19/188/23/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems

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