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Accurate user directed summarization from existing tools

By M. Sanderson


This paper describes a set of experimental\ud results produced from the TIPSTER\ud SUMMAC initiative on user directed\ud summaries: document summaries generated in\ud the context of an information need expressed\ud as a query. The summarizer that was\ud evaluated was based on a set of existing\ud statistical techniques that had been applied\ud successfully to the INQUERY retrieval system.\ud The techniques proved to have a wider utility,\ud however, as the summarizer was one of the\ud better performing systems in the SUMMAC\ud evaluation. The design of this summarizer is\ud presented with a range of evaluations: both\ud those provided by SUMMAC as well as a set of\ud preliminary, more informal, evaluations that\ud examined additional aspects of the summaries.\ud Amongst other conclusions, the results reveal\ud that users can judge the relevance of\ud documents from their summary almost as\ud accurately as if they had had access to the\ud document’s full text

Publisher: ACM
Year: 1998
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