Summarising News Stories for Children

Macdonald, Iain and Siddharthan, Advaith (2016). Summarising News Stories for Children. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2016), ACL, pp. 1–10.



This paper proposes a system to automatically summarise news articles in a manner suitable for children by deriving and combining statistical ratings for how important, positively oriented and easy to read each sentence is. Our results demonstrate that this approach succeeds in generating summaries that are suitable for children, and that there is further scope for combining this extractive approach with abstractive methods used in text implification.

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