Languages: English
Multilinguality: monolingual
Size Categories: 100K<n<1M
Language Creators: crowdsourced
Annotations Creators: machine-generated
Source Datasets: original
License: cc-by-4.0
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Error code:   SplitsNamesError
Exception:    SplitsNotFoundError
Message:      The split names could not be parsed from the dataset config.
Traceback:    Traceback (most recent call last):
                File "/src/workers/datasets_based/.venv/lib/python3.9/site-packages/datasets/", line 388, in get_dataset_config_info
                  for split_generator in builder._split_generators(
                File "/tmp/modules-cache/datasets_modules/datasets/webis--args_me/7af1fc0307f8baaf15e8f13c55a204048cb2e761a23731235e4a64fc1fa52592/", line 90, in _split_generators
                  URL = _URLs[]
              KeyError: 'topics'
              The above exception was the direct cause of the following exception:
              Traceback (most recent call last):
                File "/src/workers/datasets_based/src/datasets_based/workers/", line 437, in compute_first_rows_response
                  split_full_names = get_dataset_split_full_names(dataset=dataset, use_auth_token=use_auth_token)
                File "/src/workers/datasets_based/src/datasets_based/workers/", line 364, in get_dataset_split_full_names
                  return [
                File "/src/workers/datasets_based/src/datasets_based/workers/", line 367, in <listcomp>
                  for split in get_dataset_split_names(path=dataset, config_name=config, use_auth_token=use_auth_token)
                File "/src/workers/datasets_based/.venv/lib/python3.9/site-packages/datasets/", line 442, in get_dataset_split_names
                  info = get_dataset_config_info(
                File "/src/workers/datasets_based/.venv/lib/python3.9/site-packages/datasets/", line 393, in get_dataset_config_info
                  raise SplitsNotFoundError("The split names could not be parsed from the dataset config.") from err
              datasets.inspect.SplitsNotFoundError: The split names could not be parsed from the dataset config.

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Dataset Summary

The corpus (version 1.0, cleaned) comprises 382 545 arguments crawled from four debate portals in the middle of 2019. The debate portals are Debatewise,, Debatepedia, and The arguments are extracted using heuristics that are designed for each debate portal.

Dataset Usage

import datasets
args = datasets.load_dataset('webis/args_me', 'corpus', streaming=True)
args_iterator = iter(args)
for arg in args_iterator:

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

Document Retrieval, Argument Retrieval for Controversial Questions


The corpus is monolingual; it only includes English (mostly en-US) documents.

Dataset Structure

Data Instances


{'conclusion': 'Science is the best!',
 'id': 'd6517702-2019-04-18T12:36:24Z-00000-000',
 'argument': 'Science is aright I guess, but Physical Education (P.E) is better. Think about it, you could sit in a classroom for and hour learning about molecular reconfiguration, or you could play football with your mates. Why would you want to learn about molecular reconfiguration anyway? I think the argument here would be based on, healthy mind or healthy body. With science being the healthy mind and P.E being the healthy body. To work this one out all you got to do is ask Steven Hawkins. Only 500 words',
 'stance': 'CON'}

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Licensing Information

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Citation Information

  author       = {Yamen Ajjour and
                  Henning Wachsmuth and
                  Johannes Kiesel and
                  Martin Potthast and
                  Matthias Hagen and
                  Benno Stein},
  title        = { corpus},
  month        = oct,
  year         = 2020,
  publisher    = {Zenodo},
  version      = {1.0-cleaned},
  doi          = {10.5281/zenodo.4139439},
  url          = {}
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