TL;DR: Mining Reddit to Learn Automatic Summarization

Michael Völske, Martin Potthast, Shahbaz Syed, Benno Stein


Abstract
Recent advances in automatic text summarization have used deep neural networks to generate high-quality abstractive summaries, but the performance of these models strongly depends on large amounts of suitable training data. We propose a new method for mining social media for author-provided summaries, taking advantage of the common practice of appending a “TL;DR” to long posts. A case study using a large Reddit crawl yields the Webis-TLDR-17 dataset, complementing existing corpora primarily from the news genre. Our technique is likely applicable to other social media sites and general web crawls.
Anthology ID:
W17-4508
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Proceedings of the Workshop on New Frontiers in Summarization
Month:
September
Year:
2017
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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59–63
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W17-4508
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W17-4508
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