Fraunhofer SIT at CheckThat! 2022: Ensemble Similarity Estimation for Finding Previously Fact-Checked Claims

AuthorFrick, Raphael Antonius; Vogel, Inna
TypeConference Paper
AbstractDuring the corona pandemic misinformation has been increasingly spread on social media. Since the automatic verification of social media postings has shown to be challenging, there exists the need of systems, that can identify whether a claim in a post has already been previously analyzed by independent fact-checkers. In this paper, a system based on ensemble classification is proposed. It takes advantage of state-of-the-art sentence transformers for estimating the semantic similarity between a given tweet and individual parts of a fact-check. Furthermore, it incorporates several preprocessing steps as well as back-translation as a data augmentation technique. The proposed model ranked sixth best in the competition.
ConferenceConference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum 2022