Title: On Definition of Automatic Text Summarization

Year of Publication: Dec - 2015
Page Numbers: 33-40
Authors: Pashutan Modaresi, Stefan Conrad
Conference Name: The Second International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining, and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC2015)
- United Arab Emirates


Research in the continuously growing field of automatic text summarization is branched into extractive and abstractive approaches. Over the past few decades, major advances have occurred in extractive summarization and a smooth transition from extractive to abstractive approaches can be observed in recent years. Despite advances, a proper definition of automatic text summarization has been mainly neglected by researchers. In this work we emphasize on the importance of an appropriate definition of automatic text summarization. We review previous definitions on text summarization, investigate their properties and propose our own definition.