Sockpuppet detection in Wikipedia: A corpus of real-world deceptive writing for linking identities

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  • This paper describes a corpus of sockpuppet cases from Wikipedia. A sockpuppet is an online user account created with a fake identity for the purpose of covering abusive behavior and/or subverting the editing regulation process. We used a semi-automated method for crawling and curating a dataset of real sockpuppet investigation cases. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first corpus available on real-world deceptive writing. We describe the process for crawling the data and some preliminary results that can be used as baseline for benchmarking research. The dataset has been released under a Creative Commons license from our project website (
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  • Solorio T; Hasan R; Mizan M
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