A Corpus of Argument Networks: Using Graph Properties to Analyse Divisive Issues

Barbara Konat, John Lawrence, Joonsuk Park, Katarzyna Budzynska, Chris Reed

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Abstract

Governments are increasingly utilising online platforms in order to engage with, and ascertain the opinions of, their citizens. Whilst policy makers could potentially benefit from such enormous feedback from society, they first face the challenge of making sense out of the large volumes of data produced. This creates a demand for tools and technologies which will enable governments to quickly and thoroughly digest the points being made and to respond accordingly. By determining the argumentative and dialogical structures contained within a debate, we are able to determine the issues which are divisive and those which attract agreement. This paper proposes a method of graph-based analytics which uses properties of graphs representing networks of arguments pro- & con- in order to automatically analyse issues which divide citizens about new regulations. By future application of the most recent advances in argument mining, the results reported here will have a chance to scale up to enable sense-making of the vast amount of feedback received from citizens on directions that policy should take.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLREC 2016
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings for the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
Place of PublicationSlovenia
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
Pages3899-3906
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9782951740891
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventTenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - Portoroz, Slovenia
Duration: 23 May 201628 May 2016
http://lrec2016.lrec-conf.org/en/

Conference

ConferenceTenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
CountrySlovenia
CityPortoroz
Period23/05/1628/05/16
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Keywords

  • Argument Analysis
  • Argument Structure
  • Automatic Text Interpretation
  • Divisiveness Measures
  • e-Participation
  • Graph-based Analytics

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Konat, B., Lawrence, J., Park, J., Budzynska, K., & Reed, C. (2016). A Corpus of Argument Networks: Using Graph Properties to Analyse Divisive Issues. In N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, T. Declerck, S. Goggi, M. Grobelnik, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, H. Mazo, A. Moreno, J. Odijk, & S. Piperidis (Eds.), LREC 2016: Proceedings for the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp. 3899-3906). European Language Resources Association.