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Language of Vandalism: Improving Wikipedia Vandalism Detection via Stylometric Analysis

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Language of Vandalism: Improving Wikipedia Vandalism Detection via Stylometric Analysis
Community-based knowledge forums, such as Wikipedia, are susceptible to vandalism, i.e., ill-intentioned contributions that are detrimental to the quality of collective intelligence. Most previous work to date relies on shallow lexico-syntactic patterns and metadata to automatically detect vandalism in Wikipedia. In this paper, we explore more linguistically motivated approaches to vandalism detection. In particular, we hypothesize that textual vandalism constitutes a unique genre where a group of people share a similar linguistic behavior. Experimental results suggest that (1) statistical models give evidence to unique language styles in vandalism, and that (2) deep syntactic patterns based on probabilistic context free grammars (PCFG) discriminate vandalism more effectively than shallow lexicosyntactic patterns based on n-grams.
Manoj Harpalani, Michael Hart, Sandesh Signh, Rob
Added 24 Aug 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2011
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Authors Manoj Harpalani, Michael Hart, Sandesh Signh, Rob Johnson, Yejin Choi
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