Tanvir Amin

Tanvir Amin

Tanvir Amin is a Software Engineer at Google specializing in Social Networks, Information Retrieval, and Natural Language Processing. Tanvir earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he developed scalable algorithms and systems for real-time summarization and factual extraction of social content streams, addressing challenges such as polarization, bias, and influence. Tanvir led the development of the Apollo Social Sensing Toolkit, SocialTrove, and Polarization Analysis as part of the ARL Network Science CTA program. Tanvir is a member of the editorial board for Frontiers in Big Data and has served on the program committee for the Google Faculty Research Award program and various conferences, including IEEE DCoSS-IOT and ASONAM. Tanvir received the best paper award at IEEE ICAC 2015, best-in-session presentation award at IEEE INFOCOM 2017, and Chirag Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Computer Science (2011-12).
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    Creator Context for Tweet Recommendation
    Tao Chen
    Mingyang Zhang
    Matt Colen
    Sergey Levi
    Vladimir Ofitserov
    Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: Industry Track
    Preview abstract When discussing a tweet, people usually not only refer to the content it delivers, but also to the person behind the tweet. In other words, grounding the interpretation of the tweet in the context of its creator plays an important role in deciphering the true intent and the importance of the tweet. In this paper, we attempt to answer the question of how creator context should be used to advance tweet understanding. Specifically, we investigate the usefulness of different types of creator context, and examine different model structures for incorporating creator context in tweet modeling. We evaluate our tweet understanding models on a practical use case -- recommending relevant tweets to news articles. This use case already exists in popular news apps, and can also serve as a useful assistive tool for journalists. We discover that creator context is essential for tweet understanding, and can improve application metrics by a large margin. However, we also observe that not all creator contexts are equal. Creator context can be time sensitive and noisy. Careful creator context selection and deliberate model structure design play an important role in creator context effectiveness. View details
    FauxBuster: A Content-free Fauxtography Detector Using Social Media Comments
    Daniel Zhang
    Lanyu Shang
    Biao Geng
    Shuyue Lai
    Ke Li
    Hongmin Zhu
    Dong Wang
    Proceedings of IEEE BigData 2018 (to appear)
    Preview abstract With the increasing popularity of online social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Reddit), the detection of misleading content on social media has become a critical problem. This paper focuses on an important but largely unsolved problem: detecting fauxtography (i.e., social media posts with misleading images). We found that the existing literature falls short in solving this problem. In particular, current solutions either focus on the detection of fake images or misinformed texts of a social media post. However, they cannot solve our problem because the detection of fauxtography depends not only on the truthfulness of the images and the texts but also on the information they deliver together on the posts. In this paper, we develop the FauxBuster, an end-to-end supervised learning scheme that can effectively track down fauxtography by exploring the valuable clues from user’s comments of a post on social media. The FauxBuster is content-free in that it does not rely on the analysis of the actual content of the images, and hence is robust against sophisticated uploaders who can intentionally modify the description and presentation of the images. We evaluate FauxBuster on real-world datasets collected from two mainstream social media platforms - Reddit and Twitter. The results show our scheme is both effective and efficient in addressing the fauxtography problem. View details