Detecting Argument Interaction
Discussions in social media naturally take the form of dialogue, with participants exchanging arguments at every dialogue step. While work has been done on identifying these arguments, this project will investigate how the interactions between arguments can be detected. Such interactions, taking the form of attack and support, are important, as they allow one to then use well understood techniques to automatically identify the conclusions of a discussion.
This project will begin by investigating algorithms to identify arguments, following which approaches to identifying argument interactions will be created. The final phase of the project will consider how the generated arguments and interactions can be mapped to abstract and instantiated argument frameworks, allowing for reasoning about conclusions of arguments, and further facilitating the automated understanding of such discussions by computers.
The successful applicant should have, or expect to have, an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Computing or a related mathematical discipline,
There is no funding attached to this project, it is for self-funded students only.
Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for PhD in Computing Science, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr N Oren, ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([email protected]).