Team Hitachi @ AutoMin 2021: Reference-free Automatic Minuting Pipeline with Argument Structure Construction over Topic-based Summarization

6 Dec 2021  ·  Atsuki Yamaguchi, Gaku Morio, Hiroaki Ozaki, Ken-ichi Yokote, Kenji Nagamatsu ·

This paper introduces the proposed automatic minuting system of the Hitachi team for the First Shared Task on Automatic Minuting (AutoMin-2021). We utilize a reference-free approach (i.e., without using training minutes) for automatic minuting (Task A), which first splits a transcript into blocks on the basis of topics and subsequently summarizes those blocks with a pre-trained BART model fine-tuned on a summarization corpus of chat dialogue. In addition, we apply a technique of argument mining to the generated minutes, reorganizing them in a well-structured and coherent way. We utilize multiple relevance scores to determine whether or not a minute is derived from the same meeting when either a transcript or another minute is given (Task B and C). On top of those scores, we train a conventional machine learning model to bind them and to make final decisions. Consequently, our approach for Task A achieve the best adequacy score among all submissions and close performance to the best system in terms of grammatical correctness and fluency. For Task B and C, the proposed model successfully outperformed a majority vote baseline.

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