Baseline FNC implementation
Information about the fake news challenge can be found on FakeChallenge.org.
This repository contains code that reads the dataset, extracts some simple features, trains a cross-validated model and performs an evaluation on a hold-out set of data.
- Byron Galbraith (Github: @bgalbraith, Slack: @byron)
- Humza Iqbal (GitHub: @humzaiqbal, Slack: @humza)
- HJ van Veen (GitHub/Slack: @mlwave)
- Delip Rao (GitHub: @delip, Slack: @dr)
- James Thorne (GitHub/Slack: @j6mes)
- Yuxi Pan (GitHub: @yuxip, Slack: @yuxipan)
Questions / Issues
Please raise questions in the slack group fakenewschallenge.slack.com
The FNC dataset is inlcuded as a submodule and can be FNC Dataset is included as a submodule. You should download the fnc-1 dataset by running the following commands. This places the fnc-1 dataset into the folder fnc-1/
git submodule init git submodule update
The dataset class reads the FNC-1 dataset and loads the stances and article bodies into two separate containers.
dataset = DataSet()
You can access these through the
print("Total stances: " + str(len(dataset.stances))) print("Total article bodies: " + str(len(dataset.articles)))
.articlesis a dictionary of articles, indexed by the body id. For example, the text from the 144th article can be printed with the following command:
Hold-out set split
Data is split using the
generate_hold_out_split() function. This function ensures that the article bodies between the training set are not present in the hold-out set. This accepts the following arguments. The body IDs are written to disk.
dataset- a dataset class that contains the articles and bodies
training=0.8- the percentage of data used for the training set (
1-trainingis used for the hold-out set)
base_dir="splits/"- the directory in which the ids are to be written to disk
The training set is split into
k folds using the
kfold_split function. This reads the holdout/training split from the disk and generates it if the split is not present.
dataset- dataset reader
training = 0.8- passed to the hold-out split generation function
n_folds = 10- number of folds
base_dir="splits"- directory to read dataset splits from or write to
This returns 2 items: a array of arrays that contain the ids for stances for each fold, an array that contains the holdout stance IDs.
Getting headline/stance from IDs
get_stances_for_folds function returns the stances from the original dataset. See
fnc_kfold.py for example usage.
Scoring Your Classifier
report_score function in
utils/score.py is based off the original scorer provided in the FNC-1 dataset repository written by @bgalbraith.
report_score expects 2 parameters. A list of actual stances (i.e. from the dev dataset), and a list of predicted stances (i.e. what you classifier predicts on the dev dataset). In addition to computing the score, it will also print the score as a percentage of the max score given any set of gold-standard data (such as from a fold or from the hold-out set).
predicted = ['unrelated','discuss',...] actual = [stance['Stance'] for stance in holdout_stances] report_score(actual, predicted)
This will print a confusion matrix and a final score your classifier. We provide the scores for a classifier with a simple set of features which you should be able to match and eventually beat!
|Score: 3538.0 out of 4448.5 (79.53%)|