SocialTree: Socially Augmented Structured Summaries of News Stories

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Title: SocialTree: Socially Augmented Structured Summaries of News Stories
Authors: Poghosyan, GevorgIfrim, Georgiana
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Date: 20-Sep-2019
Online since: 2019-07-25T09:04:19Z
Abstract: News story understanding entails having an effective summary of a related group of articles that may span different time ranges, involve different topics and entities, and have connections to other stories. In this work, we present an approach to efficiently extract structured summaries of news stories by augmenting news media with the structure of social discourse as reflected in social media in the form of social tags. Existing event detection, topic-modeling, clustering and summarization methods yield news story summaries based only on noun phrases and named entities. These representations are sensitive to the article wording and the keyword extraction algorithm. Moreover, keyword-based representations are rarely helpful for highlighting the inter-story connections or for reflecting the inner structure of the news story because of high word ambiguity and clutter from the large variety of keywords describing news stories. Our method combines the news and social media domains to create structured summaries of news stories in the form of hierarchies of keywords and social tags, named SocialTree. We show that the properties of social tags can be exploited to augment the construction of hierarchical summaries of news stories and to alleviate the weaknesses of existing keyword-based representations. In our quantitative and qualitative evaluation the proposed method strongly outperforms the state-of-the-art with regard to both coverage and informativeness of the summaries.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: ACM
Copyright (published version): 2019 ACM
Keywords: Social indexingNews summarizarionAssociation rules
DOI: 10.1145/3342220.3343668
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: HT ’19: Hypertext and Social Media 2019, Hof University, Germany, 17–20 September 2019
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