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TAC 2010 Summarization Track


TAC 2010 Summarization Tasks

The goal of the Summarization Track is to foster research on systems that produce short, coherent summaries of text. The 2010 Summarization Track has two tasks:

  1. Guided Summarization: The goal of guided summarization is to encourage a deeper linguistic (semantic) analysis of the source documents instead of relying only on document word frequencies to select important concepts. The guided summarization task is to write a 100-word summary of a set of 10 newswire articles for a given topic, where the topic falls into a predefined category. Participants (and human summarizers) are given a list of aspects for each category, and a summary must include all aspects found for its category. Categories and their aspects might include:

    • Accidents and Natural Disasters: what happened; date; location; reasons for accident/disaster; casualties; damages; rescue efforts/countermeasures
    • Attacks: what happened; date; location; casualties; damages; perpetrators; rescue efforts/countermeasures
    • Health and Safety: what is the issue; who is affected; how they are affected; why it happens; countermeasures
    • Endangered Resources: description of resource; [importance of resource; threats to resource; countermeasures
    • Trials and Investigations: who is under investigation, who is investigating/suing; why (general); specific charges; sentence/consequences; how do they plead/react to charges

    Additionally, an "update" component of the guided summarization task is to write a 100-word "update" summary of a subsequent 10 newswire articles for the topic, under the assumption that the user has already read the earlier articles. (The update summarization task was run in the Summarization track of TAC 2008 and TAC 2009.) Summaries will be evaluated for readability, content, and overall responsiveness.

  2. Automatically Evaluating Summaries Of Peers (AESOP): The AESOP task is to automatically score a summary for a given metric. As in 2009, the focus is on metrics that reflect summary content. AESOP complements the basic summarization task by building a collection of automatic evaluation tools that support development of summarization systems.

Mailing List

The mailing list for the Summarization Track is duc_list@nist.gov. The list is used to discuss and define the task guidelines for the track, as well as for general discussion related to summarization and its evaluation. To subscribe, send a message to listproc@email.nist.gov such that the body consists of the line:
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Schedule

TAC 2010 Summarization Track Schedule
June 22Release of test data (Guided task)
July 6Deadline for participants' submissions (Guided task)
August 23Release of test data (AESOP)
August 29Deadline for participants' submissions (AESOP)
September 7Release of individual evaluated results (Guided task, AESOP)
September 26Deadline for TAC 2010 workshop presentation proposals
October 27Deadline for systems' reports


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