Paper: Towards Domain-Independent Argumentative Zoning: Evidence from Chemistry and Computational Linguistics

ACL ID D09-1155
Title Towards Domain-Independent Argumentative Zoning: Evidence from Chemistry and Computational Linguistics
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2009
Authors

Argumentative Zoning (AZ) is an anal- ysis of the argumentative and rhetorical structure of a scientific paper. It has been shown to be reliably used by independent human coders, and has proven useful for various information access tasks. Annota- tion experiments have however so far been restricted to one discipline, computational linguistics (CL). Here, we present a more informative AZ scheme with 15 categories in place of the original 7, and show that it can be applied to the life sciences as well as to CL. We use a domain expert to encode basic knowledge about the sub- ject (such as terminology and domain spe- cific rules for individual categories) as part of the annotation guidelines. Our results show that non-expert human coders can then use these guidelines to reliably an- notate thi...