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Attending the Emotions to Detect Online Abusive Language

by   Niloofar Safi Samghabadi, et al.
University of Houston

In recent years, abusive behavior has become a serious issue in online social networks. In this paper, we present a new corpus from a semi-anonymous social media platform, which contains the instances of offensive and neutral classes. We introduce a single deep neural architecture that considers both local and sequential information from the text in order to detect abusive language. Along with this model, we introduce a new attention mechanism called emotion-aware attention. This mechanism utilizes the emotions behind the text to find the most important words within that text. We experiment with this model on our dataset and later present the analysis. Additionally, we evaluate our proposed method on different corpora and show new state-of-the-art results with respect to offensive language detection.


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