Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Computer and Information Science

First Advisor

Philip Rhodes

Second Advisor

Dawn Wilkins

Third Advisor

Yixin Chen

Relational Format



The purpose of this thesis is to study and analyze the detection of sockpuppet accounts on Reddit. Sockpuppet accounts are created exclusively to cause mischief or mayhem at a site without the original user being identified. With the rise of sockpuppet accounts, it is very important to identify these accounts and help maintain a healthy online community. The data used for the research was obtained from Reddit which is stored in the dirt cluster. The categorization of sockpuppet accounts and non-sockpuppet accounts was implemented with TF-IDF (term frequency inverse document frequency algorithm), k-Means clustering algorithm and a multilayer perceptron classifier. The goal is to identify sockpuppet accounts from a huge dataset of accounts on Reddit and bring awareness of the level of harm and misuse sockpuppet accounts can create to the online community.

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