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Assisting News Media Editors with Cohesive Visual Storylines

10/13/2021
by   Gonçalo Marcelino, et al.
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Creating a cohesive, high-quality, relevant, media story is a challenge that news media editors face on a daily basis. This challenge is aggravated by the flood of highly relevant information that is constantly pouring onto the newsroom. To assist news media editors in this daunting task, this paper proposes a framework to organize news content into cohesive, high-quality, relevant visual storylines. First, we formalize, in a nonsubjective manner, the concept of visual story transition. Leveraging it, we propose four graph-based methods of storyline creation, aiming for global story cohesiveness. These were created and implemented to take full advantage of existing graph algorithms, ensuring their correctness and good computational performance. They leverage a strong ensemble-based estimator which was trained to predict story transition quality based on both the semantic and visual features present in the pair of images under scrutiny. A user study covered a total of 28 curated stories about sports and cultural events. Experiments showed that (i) visual transitions in storylines can be learned with a quality above 90 methods can produce cohesive storylines with quality in the range of 88 96

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