An Automated Summarization Assessment Algorithm for Identifying Summarizing Strategies

Asad Abdi, Norisma Idris, Rasim M. Alguliev, Ramiz M. Aliguliyev

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Background: Summarization is a process to select important information from a source text. Summarizing strategies are the core cognitive processes in summarization activity. Since summarization can be important as a tool to improve comprehension, it has attracted interest of teachers for teaching summary writing through direct instruction. To do this, they need to review and assess the students' summaries and these tasks are very time-consuming. Thus, a computer-assisted assessment can be used to help teachers to conduct this task more effectively.

Design/Results: This paper aims to propose an algorithm based on the combination of semantic relations between words and their syntactic composition to identify summarizing strategies employed by students in summary writing. An innovative aspect of our algorithm lies in its ability to identify summarizing strategies at the syntactic and semantic levels. The efficiency of the algorithm is measured in terms of Precision, Recall and F-measure. We then implemented the algorithm for the automated summarization assessment system that can be used to identify the summarizing strategies used by students in summary writing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0145809
Number of pages34
JournalPLoS ONE
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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