Hedge Trimmer: a parse-and-trim approach to headline generation

TitleHedge Trimmer: a parse-and-trim approach to headline generation
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsDorr BJ, Zajic D, Schwartz R
Conference NameProceedings of the HLT-NAACL 03 on Text summarization workshop - Volume 5
Date Published2003///
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Conference LocationStroudsburg, PA, USA

This paper presents Hedge Trimmer, a HEaDline GEneration system that creates a headline for a newspaper story using linguistically-motivated heuristics to guide the choice of a potential headline. We present feasibility tests used to establish the validity of an approach that constructs a headline by selecting words in order from a story. In addition, we describe experimental results that demonstrate the effectiveness of our linguistically-motivated approach over a HMM-based model, using both human evaluation and automatic metrics for comparing the two approaches.