Dataset:
swahili_news

Task Categories: text-classification
Languages: sw
Multilinguality: monolingual
Size Categories: 10K<n<100K
Licenses: cc-by-4.0
Language Creators: found
Annotations Creators: expert-generated
Source Datasets: original

Dataset Card for Swahili : News Classification Dataset

Dataset Summary

Swahili is spoken by 100-150 million people across East Africa. In Tanzania, it is one of two national languages (the other is English) and it is the official language of instruction in all schools. News in Swahili is an important part of the media sphere in Tanzania.

News contributes to education, technology, and the economic growth of a country, and news in local languages plays an important cultural role in many Africa countries. In the modern age, African languages in news and other spheres are at risk of being lost as English becomes the dominant language in online spaces.

The Swahili news dataset was created to reduce the gap of using the Swahili language to create NLP technologies and help AI practitioners in Tanzania and across Africa continent to practice their NLP skills to solve different problems in organizations or societies related to Swahili language. Swahili News were collected from different websites that provide news in the Swahili language. I was able to find some websites that provide news in Swahili only and others in different languages including Swahili.

The dataset was created for a specific task of text classification, this means each news content can be categorized into six different topics (Local news, International news , Finance news, Health news, Sports news, and Entertainment news). The dataset comes with a specified train/test split. The train set contains 75% of the dataset and test set contains 25% of the dataset.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

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Languages

The language used is Swahili

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

A data point consists of sentences seperated by empty line and tab-seperated tokens and tags.

{'id': '0',
 'content': "Bodi ya Utalii Tanzania (TTB) imesema, itafanya misafara ya kutangaza utalii kwenye miji minne nchini China kati ya Juni 19 hadi Juni 26 mwaka huu.Misafara hiyo itatembelea miji ya Beijing Juni 19, Shanghai Juni 21, Nanjig Juni 24 na Changsha Juni 26.Mwenyekiti wa bodi TTB, Jaji Mstaafu Thomas Mihayo ameyasema hayo kwenye mkutano na waandishi wa habari jijini Dar es Salaam.“Tunafanya jitihada kuhakikisha tunavuna watalii wengi zaidi kutoka China hasa tukizingatia umuhimu wa soko la sekta ya utalii nchini,” amesema Jaji Mihayo.Novemba 2018 TTB ilifanya ziara kwenye miji ya Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou na Hong Kong kutangaza vivutio vya utalii sanjari kuzitangaza safari za ndege za Air Tanzania.Ziara hiyo inaelezwa kuzaa matunda ikiwa ni pamoja na watalii zaidi ya 300 kuja nchini Mei mwaka huu kutembelea vivutio vya utalii.",
 'label': "uchumi"
}

Data Fields

  • id: id of the sample
  • content: the news articles
  • label: the label of the news article

Data Splits

Only training dataset was available

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

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Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

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Who are the source language producers?

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Annotations

Annotation process

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Who are the annotators?

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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

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Licensing Information

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Citation Information

@dataset{davis_david_2020_4300294, author = {Davis David}, title = {Swahili : News Classification Dataset}, month = dec, year = 2020, publisher = {Zenodo}, version = {0.1}, doi = {10.5281/zenodo.4300294}, url = {https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4300294} }

Contributions

Thanks to @yvonnegitau for adding this dataset.

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