Workshop Proceedings of the 16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: Workshop on Novel Evaluation Approaches for Text Classification Systems on Social Media (NEATCLasS)

DOI: 10.36190/2022.92

Published: 2022-06-01
Decay No More: A Persistent Twitter Dataset for Learning Social Meaning
Chiyu Zhang, Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, El Moatez Billah Nagoudi

With the proliferation of social media, many studies resort to social media to construct datasets for developing social meaning understanding systems. For the popular case of Twitter, most researchers distribute tweet IDs without the actual text contents due to the data distribution policy of the platform. One issue is that the posts become increasingly inaccessible over time, which leads to unfair comparisons and a temporal bias in social media research. To alleviate this challenge of data decay, we leverage a paraphrase model to propose a new persistent English Twitter dataset for social meaning (PTSM). PTSM consists of 17 social meaning datasets in 10 categories of tasks. We experiment with two SOTA pre-trained language models and show that our PTSM can substitute the actual tweets with paraphrases with marginal performance loss.