Proceedings Abstracts of the Twenty-Fourth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Reader-Aware Multi-Document Summarization via Sparse Coding / 1270
Piji Li, Lidong Bing, Wai Lam, Hang Li, Yi Liao

We propose a new MDS paradigm called reader-aware multi-document summarization (RA-MDS).Specifically, a set of reader comments associated with the news reports are also collected. The generated summaries from the reports for the event should be salient according to not only the reports but also the reader comments. To tackle this RA-MDS problem, we propose a sparse-coding-based method that is able to calculate the salience of the text units by jointly considering news reports and reader comments. Another reader-aware characteristic of our framework is to improve linguistic quality via entity rewriting. The rewriting consideration is jointly assessed together with other summarization requirements under a unified optimization model. To support the generation of compressive summaries via optimization, we explore a finer syntactic unit, namely, noun/verb phrase. In this work, we also generate a data set for conducting RA-MDS. Extensive experiments on this data set and some classical data sets demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed approach.