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”. TIn proceedings of the Thirty-Second Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference (AAAI 2018), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2018


Download the Datasets here

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

Other graphs not used in the paper: download