Christian Mogollón

Sergio A. Rojas-Galeano


Profanity is the use of offensive, obscene or abusive vocables or expressions in public conversations. A big source of conversations in text format nowadays are digital media such as forums, blogs or social networks where malicious users are taking advantage of their ample worldwide coverage to disseminate undesired profanity aimed at insulting or denigrating opinions, names or trademarks. Lexicon-based exact comparisons are the most common filter technique within these media; however, ingenious users are disguising profanity using transliteration or masking of the original vocable while still conveying its intended semantic (e.g. by writing piss as P!55 or p.i.s.s), hence defeating the filter. Recent approaches to this problem inspired in the sequence alignment methods from comparative genomics in bioinformatics, have shown promise in preventing overlooking such guises. Building upon those results we have developed an experimental Web forum where user comments are screened against disguised profanity. In this paper we introduce the software (ForumForte) and describe briefly the technique and engineering behind it, as well as some empirical evidence of its filtering performance. Our software is open-source under the New BSD License and is available at: http://tinyurl.com/ForumForte.


How to Cite
Mogollón, C., & Rojas-Galeano, S. (2016). A Web-Forum Free of Disguised Profanity by Means of Sequence Alignment. Ingenieria Y Universidad, 20(2), 239-266. https://doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.iyu20-2.wffd
Industrial and systems engineering
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