FLOSS as a source for profanity and insults: Collecting the data

TitleFLOSS as a source for profanity and insults: Collecting the data
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSquire, Megan, and Gazda Rebecca
Secondary Title48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Date Published1/2015

An important task in machine learning and natural language processing is to learn to recognize different types of human speech, including humor, sarcasm, insults, and profanity. In this paper we describe our method to produce test and training data sets to assist in this task. Our test data sets are taken from the domain of free, libre, and open source software (FLOSS) development communities. We describe our process in constructing helper sets of relevant data, such as profanity lists, lists of insults, and lists of projects with their codes of conduct. Contributions of this paper are to describe the background literature on computer-aided methods of recognizing insulting or profane speech, to describe the parameters of data sets that are useful in this work, and to outline how FLOSS communities are such a rich source of insulting or profane speech data. We then describe our data sets in detail, including how we created these data sets, and provide some initial guidelines for usage.



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