Stereotypical gender actions can be extracted from web text

Amaç Herdağdelen, Marco Baroni
2011 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
We extracted gender-specic actions from text corpora and Twitter, and compared them to stereotypical expectations of people. We used Open Mind Common Sense (OMCS), a commonsense knowledge repository, to focus on actions that are pertinent to common sense and daily life of humans. We use the gender information of Twitter users and Webcorpus-based pronoun/name gender heuristics to compute the gender bias of the actions. With high recall, we obtained a Spearman correlation of 0.47 between
more » ... sed predictions and a human gold standard, and an area under the ROC curve of 0.76 when predicting the polarity of the gold standard. We conclude that it is feasible to use natural text (and a Twitter-derived corpus in particular) in order to augment commonsense repositories with the stereotypical gender expectations of actions. We also present a dataset of 441 commonsense actions with human judges' ratings on whether the action is typically/slightly masculine/feminine (or neutral), and another larger dataset of 21,442 actions automatically rated by the methods we investigate in this study.
doi:10.1002/asi.21579 fatcat:uyquopfhobfghdneyweylzly5q