Rijul Magu


Determining Code Words in Euphemistic Hate Speech Using Word Embedding Networks
Rijul Magu | Jiebo Luo
Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Abusive Language Online (ALW2)

While analysis of online explicit abusive language detection has lately seen an ever-increasing focus, implicit abuse detection remains a largely unexplored space. We carry out a study on a subcategory of implicit hate: euphemistic hate speech. We propose a method to assist in identifying unknown euphemisms (or code words) given a set of hateful tweets containing a known code word. Our approach leverages word embeddings and network analysis (through centrality measures and community detection) in a manner that can be generalized to identify euphemisms across contexts- not just hate speech.