Cross-lingual Offensive Language Identification for Low Resource Languages: The Case of Marathi


The widespread presence of offensive language on social media motivated the development of systems capable of recognizing such content automatically. Apart from a few notable exceptions, most research on automatic offensive language identification has dealt with English. To address this shortcoming, we introduce MOLD, the Marathi Offensive Language Dataset. MOLD is the first dataset of its kind compiled for Marathi, thus opening a new domain for research in low-resource Indo-Aryan languages. We present results from several machine learning experiments on this dataset, including zero-short and other transfer learning experiments on state-of-the-art cross-lingual transformers from existing data in Bengali, English, and Hindi.

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Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 11:19
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Related URLs: https://arxiv.o ... /abs/2109.03552 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2021-09
Authors: Gaikwad, Saurabh Gaikwad
Ranasinghe, Tharindu (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3207-3821)
Zampieri, Marcos
Homan, Christopher



Version: Accepted Version

License: Creative Commons Attribution

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