Paper: Tailoring Importance Evaluation To Reader's Goals: A Contribution To Descriptive Text Summarization

ACL ID C86-1061
Title Tailoring Importance Evaluation To Reader's Goals: A Contribution To Descriptive Text Summarization
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors
  • Danilo Fum (University of Udine, Udine Italy; University of Trieste, Trieste Italy)
  • Giovanni Guida (University of Udine, Udine Italy; Technical University of Milan, Milan Italy)
  • Carlo Tasso (University of Udine, Udine Italy; International Center for Mechanical Sciences, Udine Italy)

It is apparent that goals, according to their different nature, may range from a light emphasis of the reader's intentions to a quite specific que~3'. More precise and articulated the goals are, more focused is the attention on well defined and specific objects, and, accordingly, goal-dependent importance ev.'duation strategies become more appropriate and useful. Moreover, as goals become more and more specific and rich, importance evaluation teuds to mingle with information retrieval and question-answering. As a basic design choice, we restrict our attention (at least for the moment) to classes of goals which are reasonably general and simple (but not necessarily explicit, univocal, clear, or easy to interpret!), in such a way as to keep focusing on importance evaluation without intermixi...