Extractivism: Extracting activist events from news articles using existing NLP tools and services

author: Thomas Ploeger, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
published: Nov. 28, 2013,   recorded: October 2013,   views: 1955


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Activists have a signi cant role in shaping social views and opinions. Social scientists study the events activists are involved in order to nd out how activists shape our views. Unfortunately, individual sources may present incomplete, incorrect, or biased event descriptions. We present a method where we automatically extract event mentions from di erent news sources that could complement, contradict, or verify each other. The method makes use of o -the-shelf NLP tools. It is therefore easy to setup and can also be applied to extract events that are not related to activism.

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