Task Categories: text-retrieval
Languages: 'en-US'
Multilinguality: monolingual
Size Categories: 100K<n<1M
Licenses: cc-by-4.0
Language Creators: crowdsourced
Annotations Creators: machine-generated
Source Datasets: original
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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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