Margin Call: an Accessible Web-based Text Viewer with Generated Paragraph Summaries in the Margin

INLG 2019

Publication date: November 1, 2019

Nabah Rizvi, Sebastian Gehrmann, Lidan Wang, Franck Dernoncourt

We present Margin Call, an accessible web-based text viewer that automatically generates short summaries for each paragraph of the text and displays the summaries in the margin of the text next to the corresponding paragraph. On the back-end, the summarizer first identifies the most important sentence for each paragraph in the text file uploaded by the user. The selected sentence is then automatically compressed to produce the short summary. The resulting summary is a few words long. The displayed summaries can help the user understand and retrieve information faster from the text, while increasing the retention of information.

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