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What is our stance on questions on annotation programs? Are they on-topic or off-topic?

Some examples of such questions below.


Example 1: Configure BRAT so that if no .ann file is found, then an empty .ann file is created

I am annotating a new corpus with BRAT. I have a set of .txt files to annotate. Is it possible to configure BRAT so that if no .ann file is found, then an empty .ann file is created? Or am I supposed to myself provide the empty .ann files?

Example 2: Can BRAT be used for text classification annotation?

BRAT (brat rapid annotation tool) can be used for named-entity annotation:

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Can BRAT be used for text classification annotation? I.e., given the text, annotate whether it belongs to some classes?

Example 3: BRAT: when annotating entities, only allow selecting tokens, not characters

BRAT (brat rapid annotation tool) can be used for named-entity annotation:

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Does BRAT have some option forcing the annotators to only select tokens, not characters?

For example, if the sentence is His name is Bob Smith and he lives in the UK., the option would prevent the annotators from marking s Bob Smith as the entity. Marking Bob Smith or and would be allowed.

In addition to correctness, it would also increase the annotation time (it's faster to select tokens than characters).

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Tough call. NLP and text classification is on-topic. Tools for NLP and text classification are also on-topic in my view. So a question about, say, R and NLP is on-topic, although we've usually said that questions that are just about programming and using R at heart belong on SO. Although these concern usage of a tool too, I don't think they're relevant to SO. When in doubt I'd say leave them open.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I have noticed that my three questions on annotation programs all got downvoted. $\endgroup$ – Franck Dernoncourt May 29 '17 at 13:12

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