RtGender: A corpus for studying differential responses to gender

Rob Voigt, David Jurgens, Vinodkumar Prabhakaran, Dan Jurafsky, Yulia Tsvetkov

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Abstract

Like many social variables, gender pervasively influences how people communicate with one another. However, prior computational work has largely focused on linguistic gender difference and communications about gender, rather than communications directed to people of that gender, in part due to lack of data. Here, we fill a critical need by introducing a multi-genre corpus of more than 25M comments from five socially and topically diverse sources tagged for the gender of the addressee. Using these data, we describe pilot studies on how differential responses to gender can be measured and analyzed and present 30k annotations for the sentiment and relevance of these responses, showing that across our datasets responses to women are more likely to be emotive and about the speaker as an individual (rather than about the content being responded to). Our dataset enables studying socially important questions like gender bias, and has potential uses for downstream applications such as dialogue systems, gender detection or obfuscation, and debiasing language generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsHitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Stelios Piperidis, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Koiti Hasida, Helene Mazo, Khalid Choukri, Sara Goggi, Joseph Mariani, Asuncion Moreno, Nicoletta Calzolari, Jan Odijk, Takenobu Tokunaga
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages2814-2820
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546009
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018 - Miyazaki, Japan
Duration: May 7 2018May 12 2018

Publication series

NameLREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2018
CountryJapan
CityMiyazaki
Period5/7/185/12/18

Keywords

  • Computational social science
  • Discourse
  • Gender bias
  • Gender difference
  • Gender-annotated corpora

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Language and Linguistics

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