Paper accepted for JCDL 2022

Our paper “X-SCITLDR: Cross-Lingual Extreme Summarization of Scholarly Documents” just got accepted for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.

The paper presents first results from our research in the context of the VADIS project.

Here is the full abstract:

The number of scientific publications nowadays is rapidly increasing, causing information overload for researchers and making it hard for scholars to keep up to date with current trends and lines of work. Consequently, recent work on applying text mining technologies for scholarly publications has investigated the application of automatic text summarization technologies, including extreme summarization, for this domain. However, previous work has concentrated only on monolingual settings, primarily in English. In this paper, we fill this research gap and present an abstractive cross-lingual summarization dataset for four different languages in the scholarly domain which enables us to train and evaluate models which process English papers and generate summaries in German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. We present our new X-SCITLDR dataset for multilingual summarization and thoroughly benchmark different models based on a state-of-the-art multilingual pre-trained model, including a two-stage `summarize and translate’ approach and a direct cross-lingual model. We additionally explore the benefits of intermediate-stage training using English monolingual summarization and machine translation as intermediate tasks and analyze performance in zero- and few-shot scenarios.

Author: Prof. Dr. Kai Eckert
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2022