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

Second 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 to tackle 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 and training sets are available. The evaluation phase starts in January 2019.

Sub-tasks

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

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

Important Dates

15 Jan 2019 – 31 Jan 2019: Evaluation Phase
5 Feb 2019: Results announced
10 Mar 2019: System paper submissions due
10 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 (Amazon, USA)
Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Sara Rosenthal (IBM Research, USA)
Noura Farra (Columbia University, USA)
Ritesh Kumar (Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, India)

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