• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
Close
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
  header logo

 ANDROID NEWS

New Google-sponsored GSRank algorithm highlights opinion spam in app stores

Apple and Google cracking down?

Product: Google news | Manufacturer: Google
 
Google news Android, thumbnail 1
If you browse the App Store or Google Play for more than a few minutes, you'll likely come across some rather suspect reviews.

It's not unusual to see a bunch of five-star reviews that have clearly been left by people tied to the game in question, followed by scathing opinions from actual players. There's also the issue of for-pay opinion spamming. Basically, people being paid to leave favourable reviews.

Thankfully, a new Google-sponsored study, entitled 'Spotting Fake Reviewer Groups in Consumer Reviews', by University of Illinois researchers could help to spot opinion spam using a new relation-based algorithm called GSRank (Group Spam Rank).

The algorithm uses numerous bits of information, including how closely together members post reviews, similarities in review content, and observed relationships between group spam and products.

A keen eye

Apple in particular has had trouble with people manipulating its App Store - several companies reportedly offer services (for a price) that guarantee your app will make it into the Apple's top 25 iTunes charts.

These companies recruit people to download a specified app during a given period of time, which propels it up the charts and into a position that's likely to attract real downloaders.

It looks like Apple and Google - at the very least - are taking notice of methods that will help them to combat both forms of manipulation.

The Verge
 

Reviewer photo
Anthony Usher 17 April 2012
Have your say! Related stories  
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
 
POPULAR STORIES
LATEST COMMENTS
LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS VIDEO REVIEWS