Boffins cook up a fake-review hunter bot

Software boffins at the University of Illinois at Chicago are working on ways to detect fake Amazon reviews. And they’re developing an algorithm for a software bot, sponsored by a Google Faculty Research Award. They try to detect groups of people working in cahoots, by looking for obvious things such as:

* a sudden rash of glowing five-star reviews for a brand new ebook, suggesting the author has rounded up his family and friends to boost the book;

* a sudden clustering of good reviews (all reviews appearing in a four-day window, although I guess this could legitimately be a ‘cascade’ effect arising from a genuine good review);

* and they’re using stylometrics to detect similarities in language across different reviews, which might suggest they were all written by the same person under different names.


One thought on “Boffins cook up a fake-review hunter bot

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