PUD: Social spammer detection based on PU learning

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Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2017, 10638 LNCS pp. 177 - 185
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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017. Social networks act as the communication channels for people to share various information online. However, spammers who generate spam information reduce the satisfaction of common users. Numerous notable studies have been done to detect social spammers, and these methods can be categorized into three types: unsupervised, supervised and semi-supervised methods. While the performance of supervised and semi-supervised methods is superior in terms of detection accuracy, these methods usually suffer from the dilemma of imbalanced data since the labeled normal users are far more than spammers in real situations. To address the problem, we propose a novel method only relying on normal users to detect spammers. Firstly, a classifier is built from a part of normal and unlabeled samples to pick out reliable spammers from unlabeled samples. Secondly, our well-trained detector, which is based on the given normal users and predicted spammers, can distinguish between normal users and spammers. Experiments conducted on real-world datasets show that the proposed method is competitive with supervised methods.
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