A Neural Attention Model for Abstractive Sentence Summarization

Summarization based on text extraction is inherently limited, but generation-style abstractive methods have proven challenging to build. In this work, we propose a fully data-driven approach to abstractive sentence summarization. Our method utilizes a local attention-based model that generates each word of the summary conditioned on the input sentence. While the model is structurally simple, it can easily be trained end-to-end and scales to a large amount of training data. The model shows significant performance gains on the DUC-2004 shared task compared with several strong baselines.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Extractive Text Summarization DUC 2004 Task 1 Abs ROUGE-1 26.55 # 1
ROUGE-2 7.06 # 1
ROUGE-L 22.05 # 1
Text Summarization DUC 2004 Task 1 Abs+ ROUGE-1 28.18 # 11
ROUGE-2 8.49 # 11
ROUGE-L 23.81 # 11
Text Summarization DUC 2004 Task 1 ABS ROUGE-L 22.05 # 12
Text Summarization GigaWord Abs+ ROUGE-1 31 # 37
Text Summarization GigaWord Abs ROUGE-1 30.88 # 38


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