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Publication . Article . Conference object . Preprint . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021

Looking for COVID-19 Misinformation in Multilingual Social Media Texts

Raj Ratn Pranesh; Mehrdad Farokhnejad; Ambesh Shekhar; Genoveva Vargas-Solar;
Open Access
Published: 24 Aug 2021
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Country: France

International audience; This paper presents the Multilingual COVID-19 Analysis Method (CMTA) for detecting and observing the spread of misinformation about this disease within texts. CMTA proposes a data science (DS) pipeline that applies machine learning models for processing, classifying (Dense-CNN) and analyzing (MBERT) multilingual (micro)-texts. DS pipeline data preparation tasks extract features from multilingual textual data and categorize it into specific information classes (i.e., 'false', 'partly false', 'misleading'). The CMTA pipeline has been experimented with multilingual micro-texts (tweets), showing misinformation spread across different languages. To assess the performance of CMTA and put it in perspective, we performed a comparative analysis of CMTA with eight monolingual models used for detecting misinformation. The comparison shows that CMTA has surpassed various monolingual models and suggests that it can be used as a general method for detecting misinformation in multilingual micro-texts. CMTA experimental results show misinformation trends about COVID-19 in different languages during the first pandemic months.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: General method Data preparation Computer science Pipeline (software) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Social media Artificial intelligence business.industry business Misinformation Natural language processing computer.software_genre computer Categorization Specific-information


natural language processing, machine learning, misinformation, data exploration, data science, [INFO.INFO-DB]Computer Science [cs]/Databases [cs.DB], Computation and Language (cs.CL), Databases (cs.DB), FOS: Computer and information sciences, [INFO.INFO-DB] Computer Science [cs]/Databases [cs.DB], Computer Science - Computation and Language, Computer Science - Databases

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