For bachelor students we offer German lectures on database systems in addition with paper- or project-oriented seminars. Within a one-year bachelor project students finalize their studies in cooperation with external partners. For master students we offer courses on information integration, data profiling, search engines and information retrieval enhanced by specialized seminars, master projects and advised master theses.
The Web Science group focuses on various topics related to the Web, such as Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Social Network Analysis, Entity Linking, and Recommender Systems. The group is particularly interested in Text Mining to deal with the vast amount of unstructured and semi-structured information available on the Web.
Most of our research is conducted in the context of larger research projects, in collaboration across students, across groups, and across universities. We strive to make available most of our data sets and source code.
I provide supervision for Master's theses in the area of News Comment Analysis, e.g., Toxic Comment Classification, User Engagement Prediction, Comment Recommendation, and Discussion Summarization/Visualization. Feel free to schedule an informal meeting with me to discuss details of these topics and/or your own ideas.
Risch, Julian; Krebs, Eva; Löser, Alexander; Riese, Alexander; Krestel, Ralf
Proceedings of GermEval (co-located with KONVENS)
Social media platforms receive massive amounts of user-generated content that may include offensive text messages. In the context of the GermEval task 2018, we propose an approach for fine-grained classification of offensive language. Our approach comprises a Naive Bayes classifier, a neural network, and a rule-based approach that categorize tweets. In addition, we combine the approaches in an ensemble to overcome weaknesses of the single models. We cross-validate our approaches with regard to macro-average F1-score on the provided training dataset.