Extractive Text Summarization: Can We Use the Same Techniques for Any Text?

  • Tatiana Vodolazova
  • Elena Lloret
  • Rafael Muñoz
  • Manuel Palomar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7934)


In this paper we address two issues. The first one analyzes whether the performance of a text summarization method depends on the topic of a document. The second one is concerned with how certain linguistic properties of a text may affect the performance of a number of automatic text summarization methods. For this we consider semantic analysis methods, such as textual entailment and anaphora resolution, and we study how they are related to proper noun, pronoun and noun ratios calculated over original documents that are grouped into related topics. Given the obtained results, we can conclude that although our first hypothesis is not supported, since it has been found no evident relationship between the topic of a document and the performance of the methods employed, adapting summarization systems to the linguistic properties of input documents benefits the process of summarization.


text summarization textual entailment anaphora resolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatiana Vodolazova
    • 1
  • Elena Lloret
    • 1
  • Rafael Muñoz
    • 1
  • Manuel Palomar
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Lenguajes y Sistemas InformáticosUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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