Veracity of Data: From Truth Discovery Computation Algorithms to Models of Misinformation Dynamics

Veracity of Data: From Truth Discovery Computation Algorithms to Models of Misinformation Dynamics

Synthesis Lectures on Data Management

December 2015, 155 pages, (doi:10.2200/S00676ED1V01Y201509DTM042)

Laure Berti-Équille

Qatar Computing Research Institute

Javier Borge-Holthoefer

Qatar Computing Research Institute


On the Web, a massive amount of user-generated content is available through various channels (e.g., texts, tweets, Web tables, databases, multimedia-sharing platforms, etc.). Conflicting information, rumors, erroneous and fake content can be easily spread across multiple sources, making it hard to distinguish between what is true and what is not. This book gives an overview of fundamental issues and recent contributions for ascertaining the veracity of data in the era of Big Data.

The text is organized into six chapters, focusing on structured data extracted from texts. Chapter 1 introduces the problem of ascertaining the veracity of data in a multi-source and evolving context.

Issues related to information extraction are presented in Chapter 2. Current truth discovery computation algorithms are presented in details in Chapter 3. It is followed by practical techniques for evaluating data source reputation and authoritativeness in Chapter 4. The theoretical foundations and various approaches for modeling diffusion phenomenon of misinformation spreading in networked systems are studied in Chapter 5.

Finally, truth discovery computation from extracted data in a dynamic context of misinformation propagation raises interesting challenges that are explored in Chapter 6.

This text is intended for a seminar course at the graduate level. It is also to serve as a useful resource for researchers and practitioners who are interested in the study of fact-checking, truth discovery, or rumor spreading.

Table of Contents: Introduction to Data Veracity / Information Extraction / Truth Discovery Computation / Trust Computation / Misinformation Dynamics / Transdisciplinary Challenges of Truth Discovery / Bibliography / Authors’ Biographies

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