Paper: Headline Generation Based On Statistical Translation

ACL ID P00-1041
Title Headline Generation Based On Statistical Translation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2000

Extractive summarization techniques cannot generate document summaries shorter than a single sentence, some- thing that is often required. An ideal summarization system would under- stand each document and generate an appropriate summary directly from the results of that understanding. A more practical approach to this problem re- sults in the use of an approximation: viewing summarization as a problem analogous to statistical machine trans- lation. The issue then becomes one of generating a target document in a more concise language from a source docu- ment in a more verbose language. This paper presents results on experiments using this approach, in which statisti- cal models of the term selection and term ordering are jointly applied to pro- duce summaries in a style learned from a trai...