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New Application Can Detect Twitter Bots in Any Language

Thursday 13/June/2019 - 08:14 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Thanks to fruitful collaboration between language scholars and machine learning specialists، a new application developed by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and Linnaeus University in Sweden can detect Twitter bots independent of the language used، as the Technical Times said.

In recent years، big data from various social media applications have turned the web into a user-generated repository of information in ever-increasing number of areas. Because of the relatively easy access to tweets and their metadata، Twitter has become a popular source of data for investigations of a number of phenomena. These include، for instance، various political campaigns، social and political upheavals، Twitter as a tool for emergency communication، and using social media data to predict stock market prices.

However، research using data from social media data is often skewed by the presence of bots. Bots are non-personal and automated accounts that post content to online social networks. The popularity of Twitter as an instrument in public debate has led to a situation in which it has become an ideal target of spammers and automated scripts. It has been estimated that around 5-10% of all users are bots، and that these accounts generate about 20-25% of all tweets posted.

Researchers of the digital humanities at the University of Eastern Finland and Linnaeus University in Sweden have developed a new application that relies on machine learning to detect Twitter bots. The application is able to detect autogenerated tweets independent of the language used. The researchers captured for analysis a total of 15،000 tweets in Finnish، Swedish and English. Finnish and Swedish were mainly used for training، whereas tweets in English were used to evaluate the language independence of the application. The application is light، making it possible to classify vast amounts of data quickly and relatively efficiently.

"This enhances the quality of data - and paints a more accurate picture of the reality،" Professor of English Mikko Laitinen from the University of Eastern Finland notes.

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