Sudhakar Sivapalan


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DeepBlues@LT-EDI-ACL2022: Depression level detection modelling through domain specific BERT and short text Depression classifiers
Nawshad Farruque | Osmar Zaiane | Randy Goebel | Sudhakar Sivapalan
Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Language Technology for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We discuss a variety of approaches to build a robust Depression level detection model from longer social media posts (i.e., Reddit Depression forum posts) using a mental health text pre-trained BERT model. Further, we report our experimental results based on a strategy to select excerpts from long text and then fine-tune the BERT model to combat the issue of memory constraints while processing such texts. We show that, with domain specific BERT, we can achieve reasonable accuracy with fixed text size (in this case 200 tokens) for this task. In addition we can use short text classifiers to extract relevant text from the long text and achieve slightly better accuracy, albeit, trading off with the processing time for extracting such excerpts.