Tobin South

Tobin South

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


There is a growing crisis of misinformation online and comes in many forms, from rumours spreading through Facebook to politicians tweeting lies. Sometimes, the misinformation becomes part of real news, spreading around the world; that's when we're really in trouble.

My research focuses on understanding how information flows between news sources. It involves turning the words we use into numbers and using those numbers to allow computers to understand them. Using lots of big data and maths to handle it, we can figure out what pieces of information are going where, and how it changes them.

There is more and more news everyday, and social media is only getting bigger. To fix our 'Fake News' crisis we need to invent new maths to helps us fixs the cracks, and I'm trying to do that.


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