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Julian Risch

I am a Ph.D. student at the Information Systems Group and a member of the HPI Research School. My research focuses on topic modeling and deep learning with applications in the field of comment analysis. Further, I am involved in projects on patent classification and book recommendation.

Source code for several of our publications can be found here.

Contact Information

Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Straße 2-3
D-14482 Potsdam
Room: F-2.08

Phone: +49 331 5509 272

Email: Julian Risch

Open Master's Theses

I provide supervision for Master's theses in the area of News Comment Analysis, e.g., Toxic Comment Classification, User Engagement Prediction, Comment Recommendation, and Discussion Summarization/Visualization. Feel free to schedule an informal meeting with me to discuss details of these topics and/or your own ideas.



hpiDEDIS at GermEval 2019: Offensive Language Identification using a German BERT model

Risch, Julian; Stoll, Anke; Ziegele, Marc; Krestel, Ralf in Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS) Seite 403--408 . Erlangen, Germany , German Society for Computational Linguistics & Language Technology , 2019 .

Pre-training language representations on large text corpora, for example, with BERT, has recently shown to achieve impressive performance at a variety of downstream NLP tasks. So far, applying BERT to offensive language identification for German- language texts failed due to the lack of pre-trained, German-language models. In this paper, we fine-tune a BERT model that was pre-trained on 12 GB of German texts to the task of offensive language identification. This model significantly outperforms our baselines and achieves a macro F1 score of 76% on coarse-grained, 51% on fine-grained, and 73% on implicit/explicit classification. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the model and derive promising directions for future work.
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