A K-Competitive Autoencoder for Aggression Detection in Social Media Text

Promita Maitra, Ritesh Sarkhel


Abstract
We present an approach to detect aggression from social media text in this work. A winner-takes-all autoencoder, called Emoti-KATE is proposed for this purpose. Using a log-normalized, weighted word-count vector at input dimensions, the autoencoder simulates a competition between neurons in the hidden layer to minimize the reconstruction loss between the input and final output layers. We have evaluated the performance of our system on the datasets provided by the organizers of TRAC workshop, 2018. Using the encoding generated by Emoti-KATE, a 3-way classification is performed for every social media text in the dataset. Each data point is classified as ‘Overtly Aggressive’, ‘Covertly Aggressive’ or ‘Non-aggressive’. Results show that our (team name: PMRS) proposed method is able to achieve promising results on some of these datasets. In this paper, we have described the effects of introducing an winner-takes-all autoencoder for the task of aggression detection, reported its performance on four different datasets, analyzed some of its limitations and how to improve its performance in future works.
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W18-4410
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Proceedings of the First Workshop on Trolling, Aggression and Cyberbullying (TRAC-2018)
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August
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2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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COLING | TRAC | WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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80–89
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Promita Maitra and Ritesh Sarkhel. 2018. A K-Competitive Autoencoder for Aggression Detection in Social Media Text. In Proceedings of the First Workshop on Trolling, Aggression and Cyberbullying (TRAC-2018), pages 80–89, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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