Argument mining

  • Argument mining provides algorithms for automatically extracting argument structures from monological text and from transcripts of dialogue
  • The Centre for Argument Technology has won £700k from EPSRC for a project on Argument Mining
  • The group ran and hosted the Scottish Workshop on Argument Mining 2014
  • Members of the group have founded a series of workshops dedicated to Argument Mining, with editions at ACL in 2014, NAACL in 2015, and chaired by us in 2016 at ACL.
  • Members of the group also co-delivered tutorials on Argument Mining at IJCAI 2016 and ACL 2016 and will deliver a course on the topic at ESSLLI 2017.

Argument visualisation and analysis

  • AnalysisWall – A very large touch screen supporting collaborative analysis in real time.
  • OVA: Online Visualisation of Argument – A browser-based tool that supports analysis of online textual arguments and saves to the Argument Web. There are also two other tools in the suite: OVAview, which renders AIF argument resources diagrammatically and OVAgen for manipulating abstract frameworks. OVA+ supports analyses of dialogical arguments.
  • Araucaria – A software tool for analysing arguments (also in a Polish version, Araucaria-PL) now largely replaced by OVA.

Argument in dialogue

  • The Dialogue Game Description Language, DGDL+, a language for describing the rules of dialogue games
  • The Dialogue Game Execution Platform providing generalised execution services for arbitrary dialogue games
  • Arvina – A prototype implementation of the idea of Mixed Initiative Argumentation, where agents and human users can argue on an equal basis.
  • MAgtALO – A proof-of-concept software system for argumentation-based virtual round table discussion (superseded by Arvina).

Argument Web infrastructure, corpus resources and interfaces

  • AIFdb – Currently the main search interface for the Argument Web
  • AIFdb web services – A suite of online services for accessing and manipulating AIF resources
  • Corpora – various different argumentation datasets
  • Our contributions to the Argument Interchange Format.
  • AraucariaDB – An online database of analysed argumentation (superseded by AIFdb).
  • ArgDB – An online database of analysed argumentation, building on AraucariaDB but using the open AIF standard for argument representation (superseded by AIFdb).
  • ArgDF – Semantic web based argumentation using RDF. The project is based at the British University in Dubai and runs jointly with the University of Edinburgh, Informatics Department, and the University of Dundee, School of Computing. The project homepage can be found at Superseded by AIFdb.

Computation over argument structures

  • Dung-O-Matic – a tool for calculating various acceptability semantics on Dung Argumentation Frameworks.
  • TOAST – a tool for calculating various acceptability semantics on structured argumentation frameworks

Other Argument Web applications

  • ArguBlogging – Capturing the arguments that happen online. Enabling distributed argumentative dialogues to be aggregated and reused.
  • Argugrader – An application for automatically grading and providing detailed feedback to students on critical thinking analyses constructed using argument web tools such as OVA

Currently Funded Projects

  • The AHRC Trajectories of Conflict project will work with the UN Security Council and provide a range of insights into the ways in which conflicts evolve there. (2021-2024)
  • The VW Foundation are funding a projection to construct a Deliberation Laboratory (2021-2024)
  • The EU-funded project on Council of Coaches, aims to combine argument technology with coaching skills (2017-2020).
  • The EPSRC-funded project on Example-Driven Machine-Human Collaboration in Mathematics aims to develop mixed-initiative mathematics in which multiple parties, both human and machine, collaborate in order to produce novel research mathematics. (2017-2018)
  • The VW Foundation-funded project on Augmented Deliberative Democracy (ADD-up) is deploying argument technology in participatory processes of government (2017-2020).
  • The EPSRC-funded project Argument Mining is exploring new techniques for automatically extracting reasoning from unrestricted text (2016-2019).

Recently Completed Projects