Tunisian NLP Challenge
Multi-Turn Response Selection Task with Tunisian dialect
164 data scientists enrolled, 26 on the leaderboard
20 September 2019

This challenge was designed specifically for the AI Tunisia Hack 2019, which takes place from 20 to 22 September. Welcome to the AI Tunisia Hack participants!

After AI Hack Tunisia, this competition will be re-opened as a Knowledge Challenge to allow others in the Zindi community to learn and test their skills.

The Tunisian dialect is very complicated when it comes to understanding its written forms. Despite the complex aspect of this dialect, it remains the language used in everyday communications and in most Tunisian social media. Human language understanding relies on semantic and functional dependencies and the relationship between dialogue elements and their context. One important task based on this approach is the “Multi-Turn Response Selection” task. This aims to select the best-matched response from a set of candidates given the context of a conversation.

The aim of the competition is to create a model that can understand the Tunisian dialect using the TunisianDialect dataset. Train the model on the “Multi-Turn Response Selection” task and deliver significant test results revealing how far the model can deal with this dialect.

Propose an NLP solution, inspired by the recent advances in NLP, that solves the explained problem.

The solutions to this challenge are the first steps towards the field of Tunisian language processing models and similar areas. We look forward to taking this journey with you!

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About AI Hack Tunisia (ai-hack-tunisia.com)

The AI Hack Tunisia 2019 is the biggest ML/AI Hackathon ever in Tunisia, Africa, and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. It takes place on 20-22 September. The event is a double hackathon: the first part is an individual Machine Learning Challenge, and the second part is a group competition focused on a specific technology.

With mentors, judges, and competitors from all over the world, it’s going to be a blast!