A Multilingual Study of Compressive Cross-Language Text Summarization

  • Elvys Linhares PontesEmail author
  • Stéphane Huet
  • Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11289)


Cross-Language Text Summarization generates summaries in a language different from the language of the source documents. Recent methods use information from both languages to generate summaries with the most informative sentences. However, these methods have performance that can vary according to languages, which can reduce the quality of summaries. In this paper, we propose a compressive framework to generate cross-language summaries. In order to analyze performance and especially stability, we tested our system and extractive baselines on a dataset available in four languages (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) to generate English and French summaries. An automatic evaluation showed that our method outperformed extractive state-of-art CLTS methods with better and more stable ROUGE scores for all languages.



This work was granted by the European Project CHISTERA-AMIS ANR-15-CHR2-0001. We also like to acknowledge the support given by the Laboratoire VERIFORM from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and her coordinator Hanifa Boucheneb.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elvys Linhares Pontes
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Stéphane Huet
    • 1
  • Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.LIA, Université d’Avignon et des Pays de VaucluseAvignonFrance
  2. 2.Département de GIGL/VERIFORM, École Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Laboratoire GDAC, Université du Québec à MontréalMontrélCanada

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