Towards Domain-Independent Argumentative Zoning: Evidence from Chemistry and Computational Linguistics

Simone Teufel, Advaith Siddharthan, Colin Batchelor

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Abstract

Argumentative Zoning (AZ) is an analysis of the argumentative and rhetorical structure of a scientific paper. It has been shown to be reliably used by independent human coders, and has proven useful for various information access tasks. Annotation experiments have however so far been restricted to one discipline, computational linguistics (CL). Here, we present a more informative AZ scheme with 15 categories in place of the original 7, and show that it can be applied to the life sciences as well as to CL. We use a domain expert to encode basic knowledge about the subject (such as terminology and domain specific
rules for individual categories) as part of the annotation guidelines. Our results
show that non-expert human coders can then use these guidelines to reliably annotate this scheme in two domains, chemistry and computational linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'09)
Place of PublicationSuntec, Singapore.
PublisherACL
Pages1493–1502
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-932432-59-6, 978-1-932432-62-6, 978-1-932432-63-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Event2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'09) - , Singapore
Duration: 6 Aug 20097 Aug 2009

Conference

Conference2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'09)
CountrySingapore
Period6/08/097/08/09

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    Teufel, S., Siddharthan, A., & Batchelor, C. (2009). Towards Domain-Independent Argumentative Zoning: Evidence from Chemistry and Computational Linguistics. In Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'09) (pp. 1493–1502). ACL. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/D/D09/D09-1155.pdf