Exploring Relevance as Truth Criterion on the Web and Classifying Claims in Belief Levels

Document Type : Proceedings of The 6'th International Conference on Communication Management and Information Technology (ICCMIT'20)


Laboratoire de la Communication dans les Systèmes Informatiques, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique, BP 68M, 16309, Oued-Smar, Alger, Algérie.


The Web has become the most important information source for most of us. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee for the correctness of information on the Web. Moreover, different websites often provide conflicting information on a subject. Several truth discovery methods have been proposed for various scenarios, and they have been successfully applied in diverse application domains. In this paper, we have attempted to answer the question whether the truth is relevant. We conducted an experimental study in which we analyzed and compared the results of two different truth discovery methods: Relevance-based sources ranking and Majority vote. We have found that the truth is not always held by the most relevant sources on the web. Sometimes the truth is given by the majority vote of the crowd. In addition, we have proposed a method of presenting the results of truth discovery with gradual degrees of belief. A method that allows to configure and target the desired level of trust.


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Volume 12, Issue 2
Proceedings of The 6'th International Conference on Communication Management and Information Technology (ICCMIT'20)
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