A Hierarchical Decoder with Three-level Hierarchical Attention to Generate Abstractive Summaries of Interleaved Texts

5 Jun 2019  ·  Sanjeev Kumar Karn, Francine Chen, Yan-Ying Chen, Ulli Waltinger, Hinrich Schütze ·

Interleaved texts, where posts belonging to different threads occur in one sequence, are a common occurrence, e.g., online chat conversations. To quickly obtain an overview of such texts, existing systems first disentangle the posts by threads and then extract summaries from those threads. The major issues with such systems are error propagation and non-fluent summary. To address those, we propose an end-to-end trainable hierarchical encoder-decoder system. We also introduce a novel hierarchical attention mechanism which combines three levels of information from an interleaved text, i.e, posts, phrases and words, and implicitly disentangles the threads. We evaluated the proposed system on multiple interleaved text datasets, and it out-performs a SOTA two-step system by 20-40%.

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