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Political Argumentation

This resource contains two datasets. Each dataset consists of pairs of arguments from Nixon's and Kennedy’s speeches related to a topic and annotated with a relation of "attack", "support" or "no_relation".

The release includes the following versions of the dataset:

Full_dataset: A collection of 1907 pairs of arguments by Nixon and Kennedy from the 1960 presidential campaign. Each pair has been manually annotated with a relation of "attack", "support" or "no_relation".

Balanced_dataset: A subset of the full dataset composed of 1462 pairs of arguments. This version is balanced, containing 731 pairs holding a relation (attack or support) and 731 pairs holding no relation. This is the version of the dataset used in the reference paper.

These datasets are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

If you use these datasets, please cite the following paper, where you can find more details about their creation:

Stefano Menini, Elena Cabrio, Sara Tonelli and Serena Villata. "Never retreat, Never retract: Argumentation analysis for political speeches". To appear in proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2018

Download the Datasets. (available soon)

Download the script and the argumentation graphs presented in the paper here.

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