Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Argument Mining

Chris Reed (Editor)

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This third edition of the Workshop on Argument Mining builds on the success of the first and second workshops held at ACL 2014 and NAACL 2015, with an increasing maturity in the work reported. The breadth of papers in the programme this year attests to the range of techniques, the diverse domains and the varied goals that are encompassed in argument (or argumentation) mining.

The focus of argument mining is to tackle the problem of automatic identification of arguments and their internal structure and interconnections. The papers collected here provide a rich exploration of the nature of argumentative structure that can be automatically identified, from identification of the presence of argument, through evidence relationships and types of evidence relationships, argument types and premise types, to highly demanding tasks such as enthymeme reconstruction.

One of the facets that makes argument mining such an exciting and demanding problem is that purely statistical approaches very rapidly reach performance maxima with more knowledge-intensive, linguistically-aware and structurally constrained approaches required as well. Combinations of statistical robustness and structural priors hold particular promise, with early results reported in several of the papers here.

As a very new area, argument mining is also working ab initio on challenges such as data availability, annotation standards, corpus definition and publication, as well as quantification, validation and evaluation of results. Again, several papers here are tackling these community-oriented, practical – but vitally important – problems. We are also very pleased to introduce for the first time a special track focusing on an ‘Unshared Task’ to bootstrap the process of shared data provision for the community. The contributions to this track will lead to a detailed panel discussion with a goal of establishing some initial momentum to what will hopefully become a regular part of the Argument Mining workshop series.

This year also sees a special track on Debating Technologies reflecting the thread of work in the area that focuses on applications of the techniques in solving real problems in man-machine communication, driven in part by commercial R&D and by IBM’s Debating Technology team in particular.

We were delighted with the quantity and quality of submissions, and as a result have developed a packed programme. The workshop attracted 31 submissions in total, of which 13 were accepted as full papers, four as short papers and a further three as contributions to the Unshared Task Panel. As the area continues to grow with an increasing number of groups turning their attention to the problems presented by argument mining, we look forward to seeing further growth in the workshop and the community that it supports.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Creativity
Number of pages185
ISBN (Electronic)9781945626173
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event3rd Workshop on Argument Mining (ArgMining2016) - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 12 Aug 201612 Aug 2016


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