ConRef-STANCE-ita is a collection of tweets on the topic of the
Referendum held in Italy on December 4, 2016, about a reform
of the Italian Constitution.
This is supposedly a highly controversial topic, chosen to highlight language
features useful for the study of stance detection. The tweets were collected
by searching for specific hashtags:
Subsequently, the collection was enriched by recovering the conversation chain
from each retrieved tweet to its source, annotating triplets consisting in
one tweet, one retweet, and one reply posted by the same user in a specific
temporal window. The aim of the collection is to monitor the evolution of
the stance of 248 users during the debate in four different temporal windows
and also inspecting their social network.