Paper: Generating Textual Summaries of Bar Charts

ACL ID W08-1103
Title Generating Textual Summaries of Bar Charts
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2008

Information graphics, such as bar charts and line graphs, play an important role in mul- timodal documents. This paper presents a novel approach to producing a brief textual summary of a simple bar chart. It outlines our approach to augmenting the core message of the graphic to produce a brief summary. Our method simultaneously constructs both the discourse and sentence structures of the textual summary using a bottom-up approach. The result is then realized in natural language. An evaluation study validates our generation methodology.