University of Copenhagen Participation in TREC Health Misinformation Track 2020


In this paper, we describe our participation in the TREC Health Misinformation Track 2020. We submitted 11 runs to the Total Recall Task and 13 runs to the Ad Hoc task. Our approach consists of 3 steps: (1) we create an initial run with BM25 and RM3; (2) we estimate credibility and misinformation scores for the documents in the initial run; (3) we merge the relevance, credibility and misinformation scores to re-rank documents in the initial run. To estimate credibility scores, we implement a classifier which exploits features based on the content and the popularity of a document. To compute the misinformation score, we apply a stance detection approach with a pretrained Transformer language model. Finally, we use different approaches to merge scores: weighted average, the distance among score vectors and rank fusion.

In Proceedings of the 2020 Text Retrieval Conference (TREC)