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Conforti, C., Berndt, J., Pilehvar, M. T., Giannitsarou, C., Toxvaerd, F. and Collier, N.

STANDER: An Expert-Annotated Dataset for News Stance Detection and Evidence Retrieval

Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2020

pp. 4086-4101 (2020)

Abstract: We present a new challenging news dataset that targets both stance detection (SD) and fine-grained evidence retrieval (ER). With its 3,291 expert-annotated articles, the dataset constitutes a high-quality benchmark for future research in SD and multi-task learning. We provide a detailed description of the corpus collection methodology and carry out an extensive analysis on the sources of disagreement between annotators, observing a correlation between their disagreement and the diffusion of uncertainty around a target in the real world. Our experiments show that the dataset poses a strong challenge to recent state-of-the-art models. Notably, our dataset aligns with an existing Twitter SD dataset: their union thus addresses a key shortcoming of previous works, by providing the first dedicated resource to study multi-genre SD as well as the interplay of signals from social media and news sources in rumour verification.

Author links: Chryssi Giannitsarou  Flavio Toxvaerd  

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Keynes Fund Project(s):
Mapping of Rumours and Information Diffusion (JHOQ)  

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