Call for Participation: SemEval 2019 Task 6 – OffensEval: Identifying and Categorizing Offensive Language in Social Media

Call for Participation

SemEval 2019 Task 6 – OffensEval: Identifying and Categorizing Offensive Language in Social Media
Shared Task Website: https://competitions.codalab.org/competitions/20011

Offensive language is pervasive in social media. Online communities, social media platforms, and technology companies have been investing heavily in ways to cope with offensive language to prevent abusive behavior in social media. One of the most effective strategies for tackling this problem is to use computational methods to identify offense, aggression, and hate speech in user-generated content (e.g. posts, comments, microblogs, etc.).

In OffensEval we provide participants with a dataset containing posts from social media. The trial dataset is available.

Sub-tasks

In OffensEval we break down offensive content into three sub-tasks taking the type and target of offenses into account:

Sub-task A – Offensive language identification;
Sub-task B – Automatic categorization of offense types;
Sub-task C – Offense target identification.

Important Dates

10 Oct 2018: Training Data Release
10 Jan 2019 – 23 Jan 2019: Evaluation Phase
28 Jan 2019: Results announced
28 Feb 2019: System paper submissions due
06 Apr 2019: Author notifications
20 Apr 2019: Camera ready submissions due

The complete list of dates is available on the task website.

Task Organizers

Marcos Zampieri (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Shervin Malmasi (Harvard Medical School, USA)
Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Insitute, Qatar)
Sara Rosenthal (IBM Research, USA)
Noura Farra (Columbia University, USA)
Ritesh Kumar (Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, India)

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