Automatic Spam Alert System for Online Social Media

Online discussion forums are examples of social media that are becoming popular. The goal is to develop efficient and scalable techniques that work on large amounts of conversational text to separate the posts that truly matter from irrelevant ones, as well as techniques that are easily adaptable to new domains and forums. VerticalScope, Inc. is a Canadian company that owns and operates one of the most highly visited networks of online forums. Being able to focus on relevant discussions for the discovery of business insights allows VerticalScope to provide businesses with detailed high-quality information. In addition, identifying irrelevant and spam messages helps VerticalScope improve user experience on its forums, and hence the attractiveness of its service to the businesses.

Faculty Supervisor:

Graeme Hirst


Wenjie Zi


VerticalScope Inc.


Computer science


Information and communications technologies


University of Toronto



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