Ubuntu-fr: A Large and Open Corpus for Multi-modal Analysis of Online Written Conversations

Nicolas Hernandez, Soufian Salim, Elizaveta Loginova Clouet


Abstract
We present a large, free, French corpus of online written conversations extracted from the Ubuntu platform’s forums, mailing lists and IRC channels. The corpus is meant to support multi-modality and diachronic studies of online written conversations. We choose to build the corpus around a robust metadata model based upon strong principles, such as the “stand off” annotation principle. We detail the model, we explain how the data was collected and processed - in terms of meta-data, text and conversation - and we detail the corpus’contents through a series of meaningful statistics. A portion of the corpus - about 4,700 sentences from emails, forum posts and chat messages sent in November 2014 - is annotated in terms of dialogue acts and sentiment. We discuss how we adapted our dialogue act taxonomy from the DIT++ annotation scheme and how the data was annotated, before presenting our results as well as a brief qualitative analysis of the annotated data.
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L16-1280
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Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)
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May
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2016
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Portorož, Slovenia
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LREC
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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1777–1783
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Nicolas Hernandez, Soufian Salim, and Elizaveta Loginova Clouet. 2016. Ubuntu-fr: A Large and Open Corpus for Multi-modal Analysis of Online Written Conversations. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16), pages 1777–1783, Portorož, Slovenia. European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
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Ubuntu-fr: A Large and Open Corpus for Multi-modal Analysis of Online Written Conversations (Hernandez et al., LREC 2016)
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