Dennis Assenmacher

Dennis Assenmacher
GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences | GESIS · Department of Computational Social Science

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Publications (22)
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Abuse and hate are penetrating social media and many comment sections of news media companies. These platform providers invest considerable efforts to moderate user-generated contributions to prevent losing readers who get appalled by inappropriate texts. This is further enforced by legislative actions, which make non-clearance of these comments a...
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Online comment sections revolutionised the participatory discourse as enabled by news media, limiting the hurdles to participate and speeding up the process from submission to publication. What was initially meant to strengthen public debates and democracy turned out to suffer from abusive use: Be it insulting journalists, posting misinformation, o...
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Computational social science uses computational and statistical methods in order to evaluate social interaction. The public availability of data sets is thus a necessary precondition for reliable and replicable research. These data allow researchers to benchmark the computational methods they develop, test the generalizability of their findings, an...
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While abusive language in online contexts is a long-known problem, algorithmic detection and moderation support are only recently experiencing rising interest. This survey provides a structured overview of the latest academic publications in the domain. Assessed concepts include the used datasets, their language, annotation origins and quality, as...
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Nowadays fake news are heavily discussed in public and political debates. Even though the phenomenon of intended false information is rather old, misinformation reaches a new level with the rise of the internet and participatory platforms. Due to Facebook and Co., purposeful false information - often called fake news - can be easily spread by every...
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The identification of coordinated campaigns within Social Media is a complex task that is often hindered by missing labels and large amounts of data that have to be processed. We propose a new two-phase framework that uses unsupervised stream clustering for detecting suspicious trends over time in a first step. Afterwards, traditional offline analy...
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The past decade has been characterized by a strong increase in the use of social media and a continuous growth of public online discussion. With the failure of purely manual moderation, platform operators started searching for semi-automated solutions, where the application of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques i...
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Recently, social bots, (semi-) automatized accounts in social media, gained global attention in the context of public opinion manipulation. Dystopian scenarios like the malicious amplification of topics, the spreading of disinformation, and the manipulation of elections through “opinion machines” created headlines around the globe. As a consequence...
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The detection of orchestrated and potentially manipulative campaigns in social media is far more meaningful than analyzing single account behaviour but also more challenging in terms of pattern recognition, data processing, and computational complexity. While supervised learning methods need an enormous amount of reliable ground truth data to find...
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Nowadays fake news are heavily discussed in public and political debates. Even though the phenomenon of intended false information is rather old, misinformation reaches a new level with the rise of the internet and participatory platforms. Due to Facebook and Co., purposeful false information - often called fake news - can be easily spread by every...
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Social bots have recently gained attention in the context of public opinion manipulation on social media platforms. While a lot of research effort has been put into the classification and detection of such automated programs, it is still unclear how technically sophisticated those bots are, which platforms they target, and where they originate from...
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The digitization of the world has also led to a digitization of communication processes. Traditional research methods fall short in understanding communication in digital worlds as the scope has become too large in volume, variety, and velocity to be studied using traditional approaches. In this paper, we present computational methods and their use...
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Social bots have recently gained attention in the context of public opinion manipulation on social media platforms. While a lot of research effort has been put into the classification and detection of such (semi-)automated programs, it is still unclear how sophisticated those bots actually are, which platforms they target, and where they originate...
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The identification of automated activitiy in social media, specifically the detection of social bots, has become one of the major tasks within the field of social media computation. Recently published classification algorithms and frameworks focus on the identification of single bot accounts. Within different Twitter experiments, we show that these...
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This paper proposes a new stream clustering algorithm for text streams. The algorithm combines concepts from stream clustering and text analysis in order to incrementally maintain a number of text droplets that represent topics within the stream. Our algorithm adapts to changes of topic over time and can handle noise and outliers gracefully by deca...
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Analysing streaming data has received considerable attention over the recent years. A key research area in this field is stream clustering which aims to recognize patterns in a possibly unbounded data stream of varying speed and structure. Over the past decades a multitude of new stream clustering algorithms have been proposed. However, to the best...

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The MODERAT! project aims to use an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to develop software tools and a practice-oriented web platform that enable platform operators to moderate network debates with significantly less effort. Comments are analyzed automatically so that only a small number of critical comments have to be viewed manually. In this way, media houses and publishers will be able to offer web debates again on their own websites and thus enter into a more active exchange with their readership. More information can be found at our website: https://www.moderat.nrw/