LREC 2016, Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

A Corpus of Argument Networks: Using Graph Properties to Analyse Divisive Issues

Governments are increasingly utilising online platforms in order to engage with, and ascertain the opinions of, their citizens. Whilst policy makers could potentially benefit from such enormous feedback from society, they first face the challenge of making sense out of the large volumes of data produced. This creates a demand for tools and technologies which will enable governments to quickly and thoroughly digest the points being made and to respond accordingly. By determining the argumentative and dialogical structures contained within a debate, we are able to determine the issues which are divisive and those which attract agreement. This paper proposes a method of graph-based analytics which uses properties of graphs representing networks of arguments pro- & con- in order to automatically analyse issues which divide citizens about new regulations. By future application of the most recent advances in argument mining, the results reported here will have a chance to scale up to enable sense-making of the vast amount of feedback received from citizens on directions that policy should take. Keywords: Argument Analysis, Argument Structure, Automatic Text Interpretation, Divisiveness Measures, e-Participation, Graph- based Analytics

Konat, B. ; Lawrence, J.; Park, J. ; Budzynska, K. and Reed, C. 2016. A Corpus of Argument Networks: Using Graph Properties to Analyse Divisive Issues. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016). European Language Resources Association (ELRA). Paris, France.