Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Computer Science

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Biju Bajracharya

Committee Members

Ghaith Husari, Phil Pfeiffer IV


This work examined the relative effectiveness of multilayer perceptron, random forest, and multinomial naïve Bayes classifiers, trained using bag of words and term frequency-inverse dense frequency transformations of documents in the Fake News Corpus and Fake and Real News Dataset. The goal of this work was to help meet the formidable challenges posed by proliferation of fake news to society, including the erosion of public trust, disruption of social harmony, and endangerment of lives. This training included the use of context-categorized fake news in an effort to enhance the tools’ effectiveness. It was found that term frequency-inverse dense frequency provided more accurate results than bag of words across all evaluation metrics for identifying fake news instances, and that the Fake News Corpus provided much higher result metrics than the Fake and Real News Dataset. In comparison to state-of-the-art methods the models performed as expected.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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