The Mafiascum Dataset: A Large Text Corpus for Deception Detection

Bob de Ruiter, George Kachergis

Detecting deception in natural language has a wide variety of applications, but because of its hidden nature there are currently no public, large-scale sources of labeled deceptive text. This work introduces the Mafiascum dataset [1], a collection of over 700 games of Mafia, in which players are randomly assigned either deceptive or non-deceptive roles and then interact via forum postings. Over 9000 documents were compiled from the dataset, which each contained all messages written by a single player in a single game. This corpus was used to construct a set of hand-picked linguistic features based on prior deception research, as well as a set of average word vectors enriched with subword information. A logistic regression classifier fit on a combination of these feature sets achieved an average precision of 0.39 (chance = 0.26) and an AUROC of 0.68 on 5000+ word documents. On 50+ word documents, an average precision of 0.29 (chance = 0.23) and an AUROC of 0.59 was achieved. [1] https://bitbucket.org/bopjesvla/thesis/src

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