MultiFC: A Real-World Multi-Domain Dataset for Evidence-Based Fact Checking of Claims

09/07/2019 ∙ by Isabelle Augenstein, et al. ∙ 9

We contribute the largest publicly available dataset of naturally occurring factual claims for the purpose of automatic claim verification. It is collected from 26 fact checking websites in English, paired with textual sources and rich metadata, and labelled for veracity by human expert journalists. We present an in-depth analysis of the dataset, highlighting characteristics and challenges. Further, we present results for automatic veracity prediction, both with established baselines and with a novel method for joint ranking of evidence pages and predicting veracity that outperforms all baselines. Significant performance increases are achieved by encoding evidence, and by modelling metadata. Our best-performing model achieves a Macro F1 of 49.2 this is a challenging testbed for claim veracity prediction.

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