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Computer Science > Computation and Language

Title: Controlling Decoding for More Abstractive Summaries with Copy-Based Networks

Abstract: Attention-based neural abstractive summarization systems equipped with copy mechanisms have shown promising results. Despite this success, it has been noticed that such a system generates a summary by mostly, if not entirely, copying over phrases, sentences, and sometimes multiple consecutive sentences from an input paragraph, effectively performing extractive summarization. In this paper, we verify this behavior using the latest neural abstractive summarization system - a pointer-generator network. We propose a simple baseline method that allows us to control the amount of copying without retraining. Experiments indicate that the method provides a strong baseline for abstractive systems looking to obtain high ROUGE scores while minimizing overlap with the source article, substantially reducing the n-gram overlap with the original article while keeping within 2 points of the original model's ROUGE score.
Subjects: Computation and Language (cs.CL)
Cite as: arXiv:1803.07038 [cs.CL]
  (or arXiv:1803.07038v1 [cs.CL] for this version)

Submission history

From: Leena Shekhar [view email]
[v1] Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:02:23 GMT (333kb,D)