SemPCA-Summarizer: Exploiting Semantic Principal Component Analysis for Automatic Summary Generation

keywords: Natural language processing, human language technologies, intelligent information processing, automatic text summarization, principal component analysis
Text summarization is the task of condensing a document keeping the relevant information. This task integrated in wider information systems can help users to access key information without having to read everything, allowing for a higher efficiency. In this research work, we have developed and evaluated a single-document extractive summarization approach, named SemPCA-Summarizer, which reduces the dimension of a document using Principal Component Analysis technique enriched with semantic information. A concept-sentence matrix is built from the textual input document, and then, PCA is used to identify and rank the relevant concepts, which are used for selecting the most important sentences through different heuristics, thus leading to various types of summaries. The results obtained show that the generated summaries are very competitive, both from a quantitative and a qualitative viewpoint, thus indicating that our proposed approach is appropriate for briefly providing key information, and thus helping to cope with a huge amount of information available in a quicker and efficient manner.
mathematics subject classification 2000: 68-T50
reference: Vol. 37, 2018, No. 5, pp. 1126–1148