Katarzyna Budzynska


2019

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Advances in Argument Mining
Katarzyna Budzynska | Chris Reed
Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Tutorial Abstracts

This course aims to introduce students to an exciting and dynamic area that has witnessed remarkable growth over the past 36 months. Argument mining builds on opinion mining, sentiment analysis and related to tasks to automatically extract not just *what* people think, but *why* they hold the opinions they do. From being largely beyond the state of the art barely five years ago, there are now many hundreds of papers on the topic, millions of dollars of commercial and research investment, and the 6th ACL workshop on the topic will be in Florence in 2019. The tutors have delivered tutorials on argument mining at ACL 2016, at IJCAI 2016 and at ESSLLI 2017; for ACL 2019, we have developed a tutorial that provides a synthesis of the major advances in the area over the past three years.

2016

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A Corpus of Argument Networks: Using Graph Properties to Analyse Divisive Issues
Barbara Konat | John Lawrence | Joonsuk Park | Katarzyna Budzynska | Chris Reed
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

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.

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The CASS Technique for Evaluating the Performance of Argument Mining
Rory Duthie | John Lawrence | Katarzyna Budzynska | Chris Reed
Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Argument Mining (ArgMining2016)