The patient is more dead than alive: exploring the current state of the multi-document summarisation of the biomedical literatureDownload PDF


Nov 16, 2021 (edited Jan 14, 2022)ACL ARR 2021 November Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Abstract: Although multi-document summarisation (MDS) of the biomedical literature is a highly valuable task that has recently attracted substantial interest, evaluation of the quality of biomedical summaries lacks consistency and transparency. In this paper, we examine the summaries generated by two current models in order to understand the deficiencies of existing evaluation approaches in the context of the challenges that arise in the MDS task. Based on this analysis, we propose a new approach to human evaluation and identify several challenges that must be overcome to develop effective biomedical MDS systems.
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