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Summarization with Graphical Elements

04/15/2022
by   Maartje ter Hoeve, et al.
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Automatic text summarization has experienced substantial progress in recent years. With this progress, the question has arisen whether the types of summaries that are typically generated by automatic summarization models align with users' needs. Ter Hoeve et al (2020) answer this question negatively. Amongst others, they recommend focusing on generating summaries with more graphical elements. This is in line with what we know from the psycholinguistics literature about how humans process text. Motivated from these two angles, we propose a new task: summarization with graphical elements, and we verify that these summaries are helpful for a critical mass of people. We collect a high quality human labeled dataset to support research into the task. We present a number of baseline methods that show that the task is interesting and challenging. Hence, with this work we hope to inspire a new line of research within the automatic summarization community.

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