Mood-sensitive Truth Discovery for Reliable Recommendation Systems in Social Sensing

Jermaine Marshall, Dong Wang

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This work is motivated by the need to provide reliable information recommendation to users in social sensing. Social sensing has become an emerging application paradigm that uses humans as sensors to observe and report events in the physical world. These human sensed observations are often viewed as binary claims (either true or false). A fundamental challenge in social sensing is how to ascertain the credibility of claims and the reliability of sources without knowing either of them a priori. We refer to this challenge as truth discovery. While prior works have made progress on addressing this challenge, an important limitation exists: they did not explore the mood sensitivity aspect of the problem. There- fore, the claims identified as correct by current solutions can be completely biased in regards to the mood of human sources and lead to useless or even misleading recommendations. In this paper, we present a new analytical model that explicitly considers the mood sensitivity feature in the solution of truth discovery problem. The new model solves a multi-dimensional estimation problem to jointly estimate the correctness and mood neutrality of claims as well as the reliability and mood sensitivity of sources. We compare our model with state-of-the-art truth discovery solutions us- ing four real world datasets collected from Twitter during recent disastrous and emergent events: Brussels Bombing, Paris Attack, Oregon Shooting, Baltimore Riots, which occurred in 2015 and 2016. The results show that our model has significant improvements over the compared baselines by finding more correct and mood neutral claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecSys 2016 - Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340359
StatePublished - Sep 7 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Sep 15 2016Sep 19 2016

Publication series

NameRecSys 2016 - Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems


Conference10th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Disaster and Emergency Response
  • Mood Sensitive
  • Reliable Recommendation Systems
  • Social Sensing
  • Truth Discovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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