AI4D Malawi News Classification Challenge
$2 000 USD
Can you classify Malawi news articles in Chichewa?
751 data scientists enrolled, 323 on the leaderboard
MediaClassificationNLPUnstructured
Malawi
22 January—9 May
108 days

Algorithms for text classification still contain some open problems for example dealing with long pieces of texts and with texts in under-resourced languages.

This challenge gives participants the opportunity to improve on text classification techniques and algorithms for text in Chichewa. The texts are of varying length, some being quite long and will pose some challenges in chunking and classification. The texts are made up of news articles.

The objective of this challenge is to classify news articles.

We hope that your solutions will illustrate some challenges and offer solutions.

Algorithms for text classification have come a long way, but classifying long texts and working with under-resourced languages can still pose difficulties. This challenge gives participants the opportunity to improve on text classification techniques and algorithms for text in Chichewa. The texts are made up of news articles or varying lengths. The objective of this challenge is to classify these articles by topic. We hope that your solutions will illustrate some challenges and offer solutions.

Chichewa is a Bantu language spoken in much of Southern, Southeast and East Africa, namely the countries of Malawi and Zambia, where it is an official language, and Mozambique and Zimbabwe where it is a recognised minority language.

tNyasa Ltd Data Science Lab

We are a company based in Malawi offering intelligent technological solutions for the travel, technology, trade, cultural and education sector in Malawi. Part of the data Science Lab we work on language tools for Chichewa such as the construction and curation of data sets, speech to text and information processing.

About AI4D-Africa; Artificial Intelligence for Development-Africa Network (ai4d.ai)

AI4D-Africa is a network of excellence in AI in sub-Saharan Africa. It is aimed at strengthening and developing community, scientific and technological excellence in a range of AI-related areas. It is composed of African Artificial Intelligence researchers, practitioners and policymakers.