Knowledge and Information Systems

, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 481–499 | Cite as

Cross-language document summarization via extraction and ranking of multiple summaries

  • Xiaojun WanEmail author
  • Fuli Luo
  • Xue Sun
  • Songfang Huang
  • Jin-ge Yao
Short Paper


The task of cross-language document summarization aims to produce a summary in a target language (e.g., Chinese) for a given document set in a different source language (e.g., English). Previous studies focus on ranking and selection of translated sentences in the target language. In this paper, we propose a new framework for addressing the task by extraction and ranking of multiple summaries in the target language. First, we extract multiple candidate summaries by proposing several schemes for improving the upper-bound quality of the summaries. Then, we propose a new ensemble ranking method for ranking the candidate summaries by making use of bilingual features. Extensive experiments have been conducted on a benchmark dataset and the results verify the effectiveness of our proposed framework, which outperforms a variety of baselines, including supervised baselines.


Document summarization Natural language generation Natural language processing Text mining 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (61331011, 61772036), IBM Global Faculty Award Program, and Key Laboratory of Science, Technology and Standard in Press Industry (Key Laboratory of Intelligent Press Media Technology).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and TechnologyPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Computational Linguistics (Peking University)MOEBeijingChina
  3. 3.IBM China Research LaboratoryBeijingChina

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