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From Extractive to Abstractive Summarization: A Journey

by Parth Mehta, Prasenjit Majumder

From Extractive to Abstractive Summarization: A Journey Synopsis

This book describes recent advances in text summarization, identifies remaining gaps and challenges, and proposes ways to overcome them. It begins with one of the most frequently discussed topics in text summarization - 'sentence extraction' -, examines the effectiveness of current techniques in domain-specific text summarization, and proposes several improvements. In turn, the book describes the application of summarization in the legal and scientific domains, describing two new corpora that consist of more than 100 thousand court judgments and more than 20 thousand scientific articles, with the corresponding manually written summaries. The availability of these large-scale corpora opens up the possibility of using the now popular data-driven approaches based on deep learning. The book then highlights the effectiveness of neural sentence extraction approaches, which perform just as well as rule-based approaches, but without the need for any manual annotation. As a next step, multiple techniques for creating ensembles of sentence extractors - which deliver better and more robust summaries - are proposed. In closing, the book presents a neural network-based model for sentence compression. Overall the book takes readers on a journey that begins with simple sentence extraction and ends in abstractive summarization, while also covering key topics like ensemble techniques and domain-specific summarization, which have not been explored in detail prior to this.

Book Information

ISBN: 9789811389337
Publication date: 30th August 2019
Author: Parth Mehta, Prasenjit Majumder
Publisher: Springer Verlag, Singapore
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 116 pages
Categories: Systems analysis & design, Network hardware, Information retrieval,

About Parth Mehta, Prasenjit Majumder

Dr. Parth Mehta completed his M.Tech. in Machine Intelligence and his Ph.D. in Text Summarization at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, India. At the DA-IICT he was part of the Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing Lab. He was also involved in the national project Cross Lingual Information Access , funded by the Govt. of India, which focused on building a cross-lingual search engine for nine Indian languages. Dr. Mehta has served as reviewer for the journals Information Processing and Management and Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation. Apart from several journal and conference papers, he has also ...

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