A System for Worldwide COVID-19 Information Aggregation

Jul 01, 2020 Submission readers: everyone
  • Keywords: COVID-19, COVID, Information Aggregation, Crowdsourcing, Topic Classification
  • TL;DR: We built a system for worldwide COVID-19 infor-mation aggregation through crowdsourcing and a BERT-based topic classifier, which provides reli-able, comprehensive and latest information.
  • Abstract: The global pandemic of COVID-19 has made the public pay close attention to related news, covering various domains, such as sanitation, treatment, and effects on education. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 condition is very different among the countries (e.g., policies and development of the epidemic), and thus citizens would be interested in news in foreign countries. We build a system for worldwide COVID-19 information aggregation (http://lotus.kuee.kyoto-u.ac.jp/NLPforCOVID-19) containing reliable articles from 10 regions in 7 languages sorted by topics for Japanese citizens. Our reliable COVID-19 related website dataset collected through crowdsourcing ensures the quality of the articles. A neural machine translation module translates articles in other languages into Japanese. A BERT-based topic-classifier trained on an article-topic pair dataset helps users find their interested information efficiently by putting articles into different categories.
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