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NJUST-KMG's Approach to TRAC-2024 Offline Harm Potential Identification Tasks

Core Concepts
Our approach to the TRAC-2024 Offline Harm Potential Identification tasks leveraged advanced pretrained models and contrastive learning techniques to accurately classify the harm potential of social media content in various Indian languages.
The TRAC-2024 challenge focused on evaluating the offline harm potential of online content, with two sub-tasks: Sub-task 1a: Classifying the potential of a document to cause offline harm on a 4-tier scale from 'harmless' to 'highly likely to incite harm'. Sub-task 1b: Predicting the potential target identities (e.g., gender, religion, political ideology) impacted by the harm. Our team, NJUST-KMG, participated in sub-task 1a, utilizing a combination of pretrained models, including XLM-R, MuRILBERT, and BanglaBERT, and incorporating contrastive learning techniques to enhance the model's ability to discern subtle nuances in the multilingual dataset. The key aspects of our approach were: Finetuning the pretrained models on the provided dataset to adapt them to the specific task. Integrating contrastive learning to improve the model's capacity to differentiate between closely related harm potential categories, addressing the challenge of high intra-class variation and inter-class similarity. Employing an ensemble strategy to combine the strengths of diverse models, improving the overall performance and reliability of the system. Our method achieved an F1 score of 0.73 on sub-task 1a, ranking second among the participants. The incorporation of contrastive learning and the ensemble approach were instrumental in enhancing the model's ability to navigate the linguistic and cultural complexities inherent in the multilingual social media content.
The dataset for the TRAC-2024 challenge consisted of social media comments in various Indian languages, annotated by expert judges to capture the nuanced implications for offline harm potential.
"Contrastive learning, by design, operates on the principle of distinguishing between similar and dissimilar pairs of data, effectively 'pushing apart' representations of different categories while 'pulling together' representations of the same category." "The ensemble strategy employed at the testing phase not only solidifies the individual strengths of diverse models but also ensures our system's resilience and generalization across different data points."

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by Jingyuan Wan... at 04-01-2024
NJUST-KMG at TRAC-2024 Tasks 1 and 2

Deeper Inquiries

How can the contrastive learning approach be further refined to better capture the intricate cultural and linguistic nuances present in the multilingual social media content?

In order to enhance the contrastive learning approach for capturing cultural and linguistic nuances in multilingual social media content, several refinements can be considered: Improved Negative Sampling: Implementing more sophisticated negative sampling strategies can help the model better understand the distinctions between similar but culturally nuanced data points. By carefully selecting negative samples that reflect the diversity of language constructs and idioms, the model can learn to differentiate more effectively. Fine-tuning for Specific Nuances: Tailoring the contrastive learning process to focus on specific cultural and linguistic nuances prevalent in the dataset can help the model grasp the subtleties better. By training the model on specific aspects of language and culture, it can develop a more nuanced understanding of the data. Multimodal Learning: Incorporating multimodal learning techniques that combine text with other modalities like images or audio can provide additional context for understanding cultural nuances. By training the model on diverse data types, it can capture a more comprehensive view of the cultural and linguistic landscape. Transfer Learning: Leveraging transfer learning from models trained on similar multilingual datasets can help in transferring knowledge about cultural nuances. By fine-tuning pre-trained models on the specific dataset, the model can adapt to the intricacies of the social media content more effectively.

How can the insights gained from this task be applied to develop more comprehensive content moderation systems that can effectively identify and mitigate the potential for offline harm across diverse online platforms and communities?

The insights from this task can be instrumental in developing robust content moderation systems for identifying and mitigating offline harm across diverse online platforms and communities: Enhanced Training Data: By incorporating the annotated dataset from this task into the training data for content moderation systems, the models can learn to recognize and flag potential harmful content more accurately. Cross-Linguistic Understanding: Implementing models that are trained on diverse linguistic datasets, similar to the multilingual dataset used in this task, can help in understanding and addressing harmful content across different languages and cultures. Continuous Learning: Establishing a system that continuously learns from new data and adapts to evolving linguistic and cultural trends can ensure that the content moderation system remains effective in identifying potential harm. Community Engagement: Involving community moderators and experts from diverse linguistic backgrounds can provide valuable insights into cultural nuances and help in refining the content moderation algorithms for better accuracy.

What other techniques, beyond ensemble methods, could be explored to address the challenges of rare language constructs and cultural idioms that occasionally led to misclassifications in the current approach?

In addition to ensemble methods, the following techniques could be explored to address the challenges posed by rare language constructs and cultural idioms in the current approach: Data Augmentation: Generating synthetic data points that represent rare language constructs and cultural idioms can help in diversifying the training data and improving the model's understanding of these nuances. Adaptive Learning Rates: Implementing adaptive learning rate schedules that prioritize rare language constructs and cultural idioms during training can help the model focus more on these challenging aspects. Attention Mechanisms: Utilizing attention mechanisms that can dynamically adjust the model's focus on specific parts of the input data, especially when dealing with rare language constructs, can enhance the model's ability to capture nuanced information. Semi-Supervised Learning: Incorporating semi-supervised learning techniques that leverage both labeled and unlabeled data can provide additional context for understanding rare language constructs and cultural idioms, improving the model's performance on these challenging aspects.