Task Categories: structure-prediction
Languages: ha
Multilinguality: monolingual
Size Categories: 1K<n<10K
Licenses: cc-by-4.0
Language Creators: expert-generated
Annotations Creators: expert-generated
Source Datasets: original

Dataset Card for Hausa VOA NER Corpus

Dataset Summary

The Hausa VOA NER is a named entity recognition (NER) dataset for Hausa language based on the VOA Hausa news corpus.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

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The language supported is Hausa.

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

A data point consists of sentences seperated by empty line and tab-seperated tokens and tags. {'id': '0', 'ner_tags': [B-PER, 0, 0, B-LOC, 0], 'tokens': ['Trump', 'ya', 'ce', 'Rasha', 'ma'] }

Data Fields

  • id: id of the sample
  • tokens: the tokens of the example text
  • ner_tags: the NER tags of each token

The NER tags correspond to this list:

"O", "B-PER", "I-PER", "B-ORG", "I-ORG", "B-LOC", "I-LOC", "B-DATE", "I-DATE",

The NER tags have the same format as in the CoNLL shared task: a B denotes the first item of a phrase and an I any non-initial word. There are four types of phrases: person names (PER), organizations (ORG), locations (LOC) and dates & times (DATE). (O) is used for tokens not considered part of any named entity.

Data Splits

Training (1,014 sentences), validation (145 sentences) and test split (291 sentences)

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

The data was created to help introduce resources to new language - Hausa.

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Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

The dataset is based on the news domain and was crawled from VOA Hausa news.

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Who are the source language producers?

The dataset was collected from VOA Hausa news. Most of the texts used in creating the Hausa VOA NER are news stories from Nigeria, Niger Republic, United States, and other parts of the world.

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Named entity recognition annotation

Annotation process

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Who are the annotators?

The data was annotated by Jesujoba Alabi and David Adelani for the paper: Transfer Learning and Distant Supervision for Multilingual Transformer Models: A Study on African Languages.

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Personal and Sensitive Information

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Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

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Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Additional Information

Dataset Curators

The annotated data sets were developed by students of Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany .

Licensing Information

The data is under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0

Citation Information

    title = "Transfer Learning and Distant Supervision for Multilingual Transformer Models: A Study on {A}frican Languages",
    author = "Hedderich, Michael A.  and
      Adelani, David  and
      Zhu, Dawei  and
      Alabi, Jesujoba  and
      Markus, Udia  and
      Klakow, Dietrich",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)",
    month = nov,
    year = "2020",
    address = "Online",
    publisher = "Association for Computational Linguistics",
    url = "",
    doi = "10.18653/v1/2020.emnlp-main.204",
    pages = "2580--2591",


Thanks to @dadelani for adding this dataset.

Models trained or fine-tuned on hausa_voa_ner

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