Paper: An Approach To Summarizing Short Stories

ACL ID E06-3003
Title An Approach To Summarizing Short Stories
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2006

This paper describes a system that pro- duces extractive summaries of short works of literary fiction. The ultimate purpose of produced summaries is de- fined as helping a reader to determine whether she would be interested in read- ing a particular story. To this end, the summary aims to provide a reader with an idea about the settings of a story (such as characters, time and place) without re- vealing the plot. The approach presented here relies heavily on the notion of as- pect. Preliminary results show an im- provement over two naïve baselines: a lead baseline and a more sophisticated variant of it. Although modest, the results suggest that using aspectual information may be of help when summarizing fic- tion. A more thorough evaluation involv- ing human judges is under way.