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On the Wisdom of Experts vs. Crowds: Discovering Trustworthy Topical News in Microblogs

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On the Wisdom of Experts vs. Crowds: Discovering Trustworthy Topical News in Microblogs
Extracting news on specific topics from the Twitter microblogging site poses formidable challenges, which include handling millions of tweets posted daily, judging topicality and importance of tweets, and ensuring trustworthiness of results in the face of spam. To date, all scalable approaches have relied on crowd wisdom, i.e., keyword-matching on the global tweet stream to gather relevant tweets, and crowdendorsements to judge the importance of tweets. We propose a fundamentally different methodology – for a given topic, we identify trustworthy experts on the topic, and extract news-stories that are most popular among the experts. Comparing the crowd-based and expert-based methodologies, we demonstrate that the news-stories obtained by our methodology (i) have higher relevance for a wide variety of topics, (ii) achieve very high coverage of important news-stories posted globally in Twitter, and (iii) are far more trustworthy. Using our methodology, we implemented and publicly depl...
Muhammad Bilal Zafar, Parantapa Bhattacharya, Nilo
Added 01 Apr 2016
Updated 01 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where CSCW
Authors Muhammad Bilal Zafar, Parantapa Bhattacharya, Niloy Ganguly, Saptarshi Ghosh, Krishna P. Gummadi
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