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Data-Driven Sentence Simplification: Survey and benchmark

Alva Manchego, Fernando, Scarton, Carolina and Specia, Lucia 2020. Data-Driven Sentence Simplification: Survey and benchmark. Computational Linguistics 46 (1) , pp. 135-187. 10.1162/coli_a_00370

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Abstract

Sentence Simplification (SS) aims to modify a sentence in order to make it easier to read and understand. In order to do so, several rewriting transformations can be performed such as replacement, reordering, and splitting. Executing these transformations while keeping sentences grammatical, preserving their main idea, and generating simpler output, is a challenging and still far from solved problem. In this article, we survey research on SS, focusing on approaches that attempt to learn how to simplify using corpora of aligned original-simplified sentence pairs in English, which is the dominant paradigm nowadays. We also include a benchmark of different approaches on common data sets so as to compare them and highlight their strengths and limitations. We expect that this survey will serve as a starting point for researchers interested in the task and help spark new ideas for future developments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Association for Computational Linguistics
ISSN: 0891-2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 September 2019
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 10:15
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/147262

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