FNC-1 Baseline Announced

Today we announce the baseline accuracy for the fake news challenge and provide code which allows the public to reproduce and build-upon the features/classifier to improve the scores on the hold-out test set. Target to beat: 79.52% Learn more about the Fake News Challenge: http://fakenewschallenge.org Code is available on GitHub: https://github.com/FakeNewsChallenge/fnc-1-baseline

Learned Society Travel Fund Awarded

I’ve been awarded a £500 fund from the University of Sheffield Learned Society to support travel to EACL2017 in Valencia. Thank you.

Paper Accepted at EACL 2017

Our software demonstration showing our recent work on verifying numerical claims has been accepted for the European chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2017 conference in Valencia. Look forward to being able to going out there to demonstrate this work ✈️

HeroX Finalists Announced

Ok. A fully automated system for HeroX was harder that I thought it would be. But it’s highlighted some interesting challenges and having our ideas validated by journalists on real-world claims has been very helpful. We came third place (out of three). But we took on an additional challenge of being fully automated in our […]

Microsoft Azure for Research $5000 Grant Awarded

I’d like to thank Microsoft for awarding a $5000 grant to support my ongoing research into fact checking. This will be used to purchase Bing queries to collect web pages that form part of my dataset for this project.

Participating in the HeroX Fact Checking Challenge

I’m entering the HeroX fact checking challenge with Andreas on behalf of my department. We’ll be developing a fully automated fact checking system that is able to link claims made in natural language to entries in a structured knowledge base and assign a truth label.

PhD at Sheffield started!

I’ve just started my PhD in Natural Language Processing at Sheffield University. I’ll be working with Dr Andreas Vlachos, researching how AI can be used to fact check information. Looking forward to the challenges ahead!

Comparing the Zachman Framework, TOGAF and MoDAF

Enterprise Architecture was introduced to address system complexity and poor business alignment. Typically: IT systems have become unmanageably complex or too costly to maintain IT systems are hindering an organisations ability to respond to market conditions in a timely and cost-effective manner Mission-critical information is out of date or incorrect Zachman Framework In 1987, Zachman […]

User Centred Design with Personas – Bringing People into the Picture

Alan Cooper’s publication The Inmates Are Running the Asylum, published in 1998 introduced personas a design tool for interactive applications. Personas gained popularity across the software industry due to their effectiveness in elicitation of user requirements and needs for a system. Personas are fictional characters that represent a segment of the target market for an […]

The effects of the fall in oil price on the US shale market

Since June 2014, the price of oil has fallen over 60% to about $50 per barrel of Brent Crude. This reduction in price to below the commodity’s pre 2008 value has has had a number of political, financial and economic effects; especially on the US shale market. The classic model of supply and demand provides an […]