Semi-Supervised Multi-aspect Misinformation Detection with Hierarchical Joint Decomposition

Sara Abdali, Neil Shah and Evangelos Papalexakis
Event ECML-PKDD 2020
Research Areas Data Mining, User Modeling & Personalization

Distinguishing between misinformation and real information is one of the most challenging problems in today’s interconnected world. The vast majority of the state-of-the-art in detecting misinformation is fully supervised, requiring a large number of high-quality human annotations. However, the availability of such annotations cannot be taken for granted, since it is very costly, time-consuming, and challenging to do so in a way that keeps up with the proliferation of misinformation. In this work, we are interested in exploring scenarios where the number of annotations is limited. In such scenarios, we investigate how tapping on a diverse number of resources that characterize a news article, henceforth referred to as “aspects” can compensate for the lack of labels. In particular, our contributions in this paper are twofold: 1) We propose the use of three different aspects: article content, context of social sharing behaviors, and host website/domain features, and 2) We introduce a principled tensor based embedding framework that combines all those aspects effectively. We propose HiJoD a 2-level decomposition pipeline which not only outperforms state-of-the-art methods with F1-scores of 74% and 81% on Twitter and Politifact datasets respectively but also is an order of magnitude faster than similar ensemble approaches.