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Identifying Offensive Posts and Targeted Offense from Twitter

by   Haimin Zhang, et al.
IIIT Delhi
Delhi Technological University

In this paper we present our approach and the system description for Sub-task A and Sub Task B of SemEval 2019 Task 6: Identifying and Categorizing Offensive Language in Social Media. Sub-task A involves identifying if a given tweet is offensive or not, and Sub Task B involves detecting if an offensive tweet is targeted towards someone (group or an individual). Our models for Sub-task A is based on an ensemble of Convolutional Neural Network, Bidirectional LSTM with attention, and Bidirectional LSTM + Bidirectional GRU, whereas for Sub-task B, we rely on a set of heuristics derived from the training data and manual observation. We provide detailed analysis of the results obtained using the trained models. Our team ranked 5th out of 103 participants in Sub-task A, achieving a macro F1 score of 0.807, and ranked 8th out of 75 participants in Sub Task B achieving a macro F1 of 0.695.


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