Fake News Challenge Results Announced

Results for the fake news challenge have been announced. The system we submitted was an ensemble of 5 student classifiers written for the Sheffield University COM6513 Natural Language Processing MSc module. Our team came 11th overall – out of 50 submissions. Because the module deadline was so close to the FNC deadline, we didn’t have […]

Fact Checking in the News

With the continued growth of misinformation and the looming European and British election there is an ever-growing need to automatically fact-check publications. There’s been some news coverage regarding the work my supervisor and I have been conducting: Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, New York Times.

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!