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The Moral Debater: A Study on the Computational Generation of Morally Framed Arguments

Alshomary, Milad and El Baff, Roxanne and Gurcke, Timon and Wachsmuth, Henning (2022) The Moral Debater: A Study on the Computational Generation of Morally Framed Arguments. In: 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 1 (60), pp. 8782-8797. Association for Computational Linguistics. 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 22-27 May 2022, Dublin, Ireland.

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Official URL: https://aclanthology.org/2022.acl-long.601/

Abstract

An audience's prior beliefs and morals are strong indicators of how likely they will be affected by a given argument. Utilizing such knowledge can help focus on shared values to bring disagreeing parties towards agreement. In argumentation technology, however, this is barely exploited so far. This paper studies the feasibility of automatically generating morally framed arguments as well as their effect on different audiences. Following the moral foundation theory, we propose a system that effectively generates arguments focusing on different morals. In an in-depth user study, we ask liberals and conservatives to evaluate the impact of these arguments. Our results suggest that, particularly when prior beliefs are challenged, an audience becomes more affected by morally framed arguments.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/186541/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Moral Debater: A Study on the Computational Generation of Morally Framed Arguments
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Alshomary, MiladPaderborn University, Paderborn, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
El Baff, RoxanneGerman Aerospace Center, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6661-8661
Gurcke, TimonPaderborn University, Paderborn, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Wachsmuth, HenningPaderborn University, Paderborn, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:28 March 2022
Journal or Publication Title:60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:1
Page Range:pp. 8782-8797
Editors:
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Stent, AmandaColby College, USAUNSPECIFIED
Glavaš, GoranUniversity of Mannheim, USAUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Association for Computational Linguistics
Series Name:Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers)
Status:Published
Keywords:natural language processing, computational argumentation, argument generation
Event Title:60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Event Location:Dublin, Ireland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:22-27 May 2022
Organizer:ACL 2022 Organising Committee
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Digitalisation
DLR - Program:D - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):D - no assignment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Software Technology > Intelligent and Distributed Systems
Institute for Software Technology
Deposited By: El Baff, Roxanne
Deposited On:25 Jul 2022 10:12
Last Modified:25 Jul 2022 10:12

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