Detecting Opinion Spammer Groups Through Community Discovery and Sentiment Analysis

Abstract : In this paper we investigate on detection of opinion spammer groups in review systems. Most existing approaches typically build pure content-based classifiers, using various features extracted from review contents; however, spammers can superficially alter their review contents to avoid detections. In our approach, we focus on user relationships built through interactions to identify spammers. Previously, we revealed the existence of implicit communities among users based upon their interaction patterns [3]. In this work we further explore the community structures to distinguish spam communities from non-spam ones with sentiment analysis on user interactions. Through extensive experiments over a dataset collected from Amazon, we found that the discovered strong positive communities are more likely to be opinion spammer groups. In fact, our results show that our approach is comparable to the existing state-of-art content-based classifier, meaning that our approach can identify spammer groups reliably even if spammers alter their contents.
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Euijin Choo, Ting Yu, Min Chi. Detecting Opinion Spammer Groups Through Community Discovery and Sentiment Analysis. 29th IFIP Annual Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSEC), Jul 2015, Fairfax, VA, United States. pp.170-187, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-20810-7_11⟩. ⟨hal-01745834⟩

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