Paper: A Noisy-Channel Model For Document Compression

ACL ID P02-1057
Title A Noisy-Channel Model For Document Compression
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2002

We present a document compression sys- tem that uses a hierarchical noisy-channel model of text production. Our compres- sion system first automatically derives the syntactic structure of each sentence and the overall discourse structure of the text given as input. The system then uses a sta- tistical hierarchical model of text produc- tion in order to drop non-important syn- tactic and discourse constituents so as to generate coherent, grammatical document compressions of arbitrary length. The sys- tem outperforms both a baseline and a sentence-based compression system that operates by simplifying sequentially all sentences in a text. Our results support the claim that discourse knowledge plays an important role in document summariza- tion.