DNA-Inspired Online Behavioral Modeling and Its Application to Spambot Detection

  title={DNA-Inspired Online Behavioral Modeling and Its Application to Spambot Detection},
  author={Stefano Cresci and Roberto Di Pietro and Marinella Petrocchi and Angelo Spognardi and Maurizio Tesconi},
  journal={IEEE Intelligent Systems},
A novel, simple, and effective approach to modeling online user behavior extracts and analyzes digital DNA sequences from user online actions and uses Twitter as a benchmark to test the proposal. Specifically, the model obtains an incisive and compact DNA-inspired characterization of user actions. Then, standard DNA analysis techniques discriminate between genuine and spambot accounts on Twitter. An experimental campaign supports the proposal, showing its effectiveness and viability. Although… CONTINUE READING
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