Latent Credibility Analysis

Jeff Pasternack, Dan Roth

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A frequent problem when dealing with data gathered from multiple sources on the web (ranging from booksellers to Wikipedia pages to stock analyst predictions) is that these sources disagree, and we must decide which of their (often mutually exclusive) claims we should accept. Current state- of-the-art information credibility algorithms known as "fact-finders" are transitive voting systems with rules specifying how votes iteratively flow from sources to claims and then back to sources. While this is quite tractable and often effective, fact finders also suffer from substantial limitations; in particular, a lack of transparency obfuscates their credibility decisions and makes them difficult to adapt and analyze: knowing the mechanics of how votes are calculated does not readily tell us what those votes mean, and finding, for example, that a source has a score of 6 is not informative. We introduce a new approach to information credibility, Latent Credibility Analysis (LCA), constructing strongly principled, probabilistic models where the truth of each claim is a latent variable and the credibility of a source is captured by a set of model parameters. This gives LCA models clear semantics and modularity that make extending them to capture additional observed and latent credibility factors straightforward. Experiments over four real-world datasets demonstrate that LCA models can outperform the best fact finders in both unsupervised and semi-supervised settings. Copyright is held by the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWWW 2013 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: May 13 2013May 17 2013

Publication series

NameWWW 2013 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web


Other22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2013
CityRio de Janeiro


  • Credibility
  • Graphical Models
  • Trust
  • Veracity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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