On Implementing an Automatic Headline Generation for Discussion BBS Systems —Cases of Citizens' Deliberations for Communities—

Katsuhide FUJITA  Ryosuke WATANABE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E101-D   No.4   pp.865-873
Publication Date: 2018/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2016IIP0017
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Intelligent Information and Communication Technology and its Applications to Creative Activity Support)
Category: Creativity Support Systems and Decision Support Systems
Keyword: 
automated headline generation,  electronic discussion bulletin boards,  natural language processing,  

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Summary: 
Recently, the opportunity to discuss topics on a variety of online discussion bulletin boards has been increasing. However, it can be difficult to understand the contents of each discussion as the number of posts increases. Therefore, it is important to generate headlines that can automatically summarize each post in order to understand the contents of each discussion at a glance. In this paper, we propose a method to extract and generate post headlines for online discussion bulletin boards, automatically. We propose templates with multiple patterns to extract important sentences from the posts. In addition, we propose a method to generate headlines by matching the templates with the patterns. Then, we evaluate the effectiveness of our proposed method using questionnaires.