Ali Safaya


Mukayese: Turkish NLP Strikes Back
Ali Safaya | Emirhan Kurtuluş | Arda Goktogan | Deniz Yuret
Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: ACL 2022

Having sufficient resources for language X lifts it from the under-resourced languages class, but not necessarily from the under-researched class. In this paper, we address the problem of the absence of organized benchmarks in the Turkish language. We demonstrate that languages such as Turkish are left behind the state-of-the-art in NLP applications. As a solution, we present Mukayese, a set of NLP benchmarks for the Turkish language that contains several NLP tasks. We work on one or more datasets for each benchmark and present two or more baselines. Moreover, we present four new benchmarking datasets in Turkish for language modeling, sentence segmentation, and spell checking. All datasets and baselines are available under:


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Automated Extraction of Socio-political Events from News (AESPEN): Workshop and Shared Task Report
Ali Hürriyetoğlu | Vanni Zavarella | Hristo Tanev | Erdem Yörük | Ali Safaya | Osman Mutlu
Proceedings of the Workshop on Automated Extraction of Socio-political Events from News 2020

We describe our effort on automated extraction of socio-political events from news in the scope of a workshop and a shared task we organized at Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020). We believe the event extraction studies in computational linguistics and social and political sciences should further support each other in order to enable large scale socio-political event information collection across sources, countries, and languages. The event consists of regular research papers and a shared task, which is about event sentence coreference identification (ESCI), tracks. All submissions were reviewed by five members of the program committee. The workshop attracted research papers related to evaluation of machine learning methodologies, language resources, material conflict forecasting, and a shared task participation report in the scope of socio-political event information collection. It has shown us the volume and variety of both the data sources and event information collection approaches related to socio-political events and the need to fill the gap between automated text processing techniques and requirements of social and political sciences.

KUISAIL at SemEval-2020 Task 12: BERT-CNN for Offensive Speech Identification in Social Media
Ali Safaya | Moutasem Abdullatif | Deniz Yuret
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop on Semantic Evaluation

In this paper, we describe our approach to utilize pre-trained BERT models with Convolutional Neural Networks for sub-task A of the Multilingual Offensive Language Identification shared task (OffensEval 2020), which is a part of the SemEval 2020. We show that combining CNN with BERT is better than using BERT on its own, and we emphasize the importance of utilizing pre-trained language models for downstream tasks. Our system, ranked 4th with macro averaged F1-Score of 0.897 in Arabic, 4th with score of 0.843 in Greek, and 3rd with score of 0.814 in Turkish. Additionally, we present ArabicBERT, a set of pre-trained transformer language models for Arabic that we share with the community.

COVCOR20 at WNUT-2020 Task 2: An Attempt to Combine Deep Learning and Expert rules
Ali Hürriyetoğlu | Ali Safaya | Osman Mutlu | Nelleke Oostdijk | Erdem Yörük
Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (W-NUT 2020)

In the scope of WNUT-2020 Task 2, we developed various text classification systems, using deep learning models and one using linguistically informed rules. While both of the deep learning systems outperformed the system using the linguistically informed rules, we found that through the integration of (the output of) the three systems a better performance could be achieved than the standalone performance of each approach in a cross-validation setting. However, on the test data the performance of the integration was slightly lower than our best performing deep learning model. These results hardly indicate any progress in line of integrating machine learning and expert rules driven systems. We expect that the release of the annotation manuals and gold labels of the test data after this workshop will shed light on these perplexing results.