Thenmozhi D., Senthil Kumar B., Srinethe Sharavanan, Aravindan Chandrabose
  • January 2019, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
  • DOI: 10.18653/v1/s19-2130

Offensive Language Identification in Social Media

What is it about?

Offensive language identification (OLI) in user generated text is automatic detection of any profanity, insult, obscenity, racism or vulgarity that degrades an individual or a group. It is helpful for hate speech detection, flame detection and cyber bullying. Due to immense growth of accessibility to social media, OLI helps to avoid abuse and hurts. In this paper, we present deep and traditional machine learning approaches for OLI. In deep learning approach, we have used bi-directional LSTM with different attention mechanisms to build the models and in traditional machine learning, TF-IDF weighting schemes with classifiers namely Multinomial Naive Bayes and Support Vector Machines with Stochastic Gradient Descent optimizer are used for model building. The approaches are evaluated on the OffensEval@SemEval2019 dataset and our team SSN_NLP submitted runs for three tasks of OffensEval shared task. The best runs of SSN_NLP obtained the F1 scores as 0.53, 0.48, 0.3 and the accuracies as 0.63, 0.84 and 0.42 for the tasks A, B and C respectively. Our approaches improved the base line F1 scores by 12%, 26% and 14% for Task A, B and C respectively.

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