Using n-grams to understand the nature of summaries

Michele Banko and Lucy Vanderwende

Abstract

Although single-document summarization is a well-studied task, the nature of multi-document summarization is only beginning to be studied in detail. While close attention has been paid to what technologies are necessary when moving from single to multi-document summarization, the properties of human-written multi-document summaries have not been quantified. In this paper, we empirically characterize human-written summaries provided in a widely used summarization corpus by attempting to answer the questions: Can multi-document summaries that are written by humans be characterized as extractive or generative? Are multi-document summaries less extractive than single-document summaries? Our results suggest that extraction-based techniques which have been successful for single-document summarization may not be sufficient when summarizing multiple documents.

Details

Publication typeProceedings
Published inProceedings of HLT-NAACL 2004
PublisherACL
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