Paper: Detecting Emails Containing Requests for Action

ACL ID N10-1142
Title Detecting Emails Containing Requests for Action
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2010

Automatically finding email messages that contain requests for action can provide valu- able assistance to users who otherwise strug- gle to give appropriate attention to the ac- tionable tasks in their inbox. As a speech act classification task, however, automatically recognising requests in free text is particularly challenging. The problem is compounded by the fact that typical emails contain extrane- ous material that makes it difficult to isolate the content that is directed to the recipient of the email message. In this paper, we report on an email classification system which iden- tifies messages containing requests; we then show how, by segmenting the content of email messages into different functional zones and then considering only content in a small num- ber of message zones whe...