Modeling Deliberative Argumentation Strategies on Wikipedia

Khalid Al-Khatib, Henning Wachsmuth, Kevin Lang, Jakob Herpel, Matthias Hagen, Benno Stein


Abstract
This paper studies how the argumentation strategies of participants in deliberative discussions can be supported computationally. Our ultimate goal is to predict the best next deliberative move of each participant. In this paper, we present a model for deliberative discussions and we illustrate its operationalization. Previous models have been built manually based on a small set of discussions, resulting in a level of abstraction that is not suitable for move recommendation. In contrast, we derive our model statistically from several types of metadata that can be used for move description. Applied to six million discussions from Wikipedia talk pages, our approach results in a model with 13 categories along three dimensions: discourse acts, argumentative relations, and frames. On this basis, we automatically generate a corpus with about 200,000 turns, labeled for the 13 categories. We then operationalize the model with three supervised classifiers and provide evidence that the proposed categories can be predicted.
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P18-1237
Volume:
Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)
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July
Year:
2018
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Melbourne, Australia
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ACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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2545–2555
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https://aclanthology.org/P18-1237
DOI:
10.18653/v1/P18-1237
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Khalid Al-Khatib, Henning Wachsmuth, Kevin Lang, Jakob Herpel, Matthias Hagen, and Benno Stein. 2018. Modeling Deliberative Argumentation Strategies on Wikipedia. In Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers), pages 2545–2555, Melbourne, Australia. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Modeling Deliberative Argumentation Strategies on Wikipedia (Al-Khatib et al., ACL 2018)
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