A progressive sentence selection strategy for document summarization

You Ouyang, Wenjie Li, Renxian Zhang, Sujian Li, Qin Lu

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Saliency and coverage are two of the most important issues in document summarization. In most summarization methods, the saliency issue is usually of top priority. Many studies are conducted to develop better sentence ranking methods to identify the salient sentences for summarization. It is also well acknowledged that sentence selection strategies are very important, which mainly aim at reducing the redundancy among the selected sentences to enable them to cover more concepts. In this paper, we propose a novel sentence selection strategy that follows a progressive way to select the summary sentences. We intend to ensure the coverage of the summary first by an intuitive idea, i.e.; considering the uncovered concepts only when measuring the saliency of the sentences. Moreover, we consider the subsuming relationship between sentences to define a conditional saliency measure of the sentences instead of the general saliency measures used in most existing methods. Based on these ideas, a progressive sentence selection strategy is developed to discover the "novel and salient" sentences. Compared with traditional methods, the saliency and coverage issues are more integrated in the proposed method. Experimental studies conducted on the DUC data sets demonstrate the advantages of the progressive sentence selection strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Asymmetric sentence relationship
  • Document summarization
  • Progressive sentence selection
  • Saliency and coverage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences


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