Rajarshi Roychoudhury


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The lack of theory is painful: Modeling Harshness in Peer Review Comments
Rajeev Verma | Rajarshi Roychoudhury | Tirthankar Ghosal
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 12th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 1: Long Papers)

The peer-review system has primarily remained the central process of all science communications. However, research has shown that the process manifests a power-imbalance scenario where the reviewer enjoys a position where their comments can be overly critical and wilfully obtuse without being held accountable. This brings into question the sanctity of the peer-review process, turning it into a fraught and traumatic experience for authors. A little more effort to still remain critical but be constructive in the feedback would help foster a progressive outcome from the peer-review process. In this paper, we argue to intervene at the step where this power imbalance actually begins in the system. To this end, we develop the first dataset of peer-review comments with their real-valued harshness scores. We build our dataset by using the popular Best-Worst-Scaling mechanism. We show the utility of our dataset for text moderation in peer reviews to make review reports less hurtful and more welcoming. We release our dataset and associated codes in https://github.com/Tirthankar-Ghosal/moderating-peer-review-harshness. Our research is one step towards helping create constructive peer-review reports.


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Fine-tuning BERT to classify COVID19 tweets containing symptoms
Rajarshi Roychoudhury | Sudip Naskar
Proceedings of the Sixth Social Media Mining for Health (#SMM4H) Workshop and Shared Task

Twitter is a valuable source of patient-generated data that has been used in various population health studies. The first step in many of these studies is to identify and capture Twitter messages (tweets) containing medication mentions. Identifying personal mentions of COVID19 symptoms requires distinguishing personal mentions from other mentions such as symptoms reported by others and references to news articles or other sources. In this article, we describe our submission to Task 6 of the Social Media Mining for Health Applications (SMM4H) Shared Task 2021. This task challenged participants to classify tweets where the target classes are:(1) self-reports,(2) non-personal reports, and (3) literature/news mentions. Our system used a handcrafted preprocessing and word embeddings from BERT encoder model. We achieved an F1 score of 93%