Argument parsing via corpus queries

Dykes N, Evert S, Göttlinger M, Heinrich P, Schröder L (2021)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2021


Book Volume: 63

Pages Range: 31-44

Issue: 1

DOI: 10.1515/itit-2020-0051


We present an approach to extracting arguments from social media, exemplified by a case study on a large corpus of Twitter messages collected under the #Brexit hashtag during the run-up to the referendum in 2016. Our method is based on constructing dedicated corpus queries that capture predefined argumentation patterns following standard Walton-style argumentation schemes. Query matches are transformed directly into logical patterns, i. e. formulae with placeholders in a general form of modal logic. We prioritize precision over recall, exploiting the fact that the sheer size of the corpus still delivers substantial numbers of matches for all patterns, and with the goal of eventually gaining an overview of widely-used arguments and argumentation schemes. We evaluate our approach in terms of recall on a manually annotated gold standard of 1000 randomly selected tweets for three selected high-frequency patterns. We also estimate precision by manual inspection of query matches in the entire corpus. Both evaluations are accompanied by an analysis of inter-annotator agreement between three independent judges.

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Dykes, N., Evert, S., Göttlinger, M., Heinrich, P., & Schröder, L. (2021). Argument parsing via corpus queries. it - Information Technology, 63, 31-44.


Dykes, Nathan, et al. "Argument parsing via corpus queries." it - Information Technology 63 (2021): 31-44.

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