Query-chain focused summarization Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract Update summarization is a form of multidocument summarization where a document set must be summarized in the context of other documents assumed to be known. Efficient update summarization must focus on identifying new information and avoiding repetition of known information. In Query-focused summarization, the task is to produce a summary as an answer to a given query. We introduce a new task, Query-Chain Summarization, which combines aspects of the two previous tasks: starting from a given document set, increasingly specific queries are considered, and a new summary is produced at each step. This process models exploratory search: a user explores a new topic by submitting a sequence of queries, inspecting a summary of the result set and phrasing a new query at each step. We present a novel dataset comprising 22 querychains sessions …

publication date

  • January 1, 2014