SummBank 1.0

Item Name: SummBank 1.0
Author(s): Dragomir Radev, Simone Teufel, Horacio Saggion, Wai Lam, John Blitzer, Arda Celebi, Elliott Drabek, Danyu Liu, Hong Qi, Tim Allison
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2003T16
ISBN: 1-58563-274-0
ISLRN: 352-475-235-734-5
Release Date: December 18, 2003
Member Year(s): 2003
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): government documents
Application(s): summarization, cross-lingual information retrieval
Language(s): Yue Chinese, English
Language ID(s): yue, eng
Online Documentation: LDC2003T16 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Radev, Dragomir, et al. SummBank 1.0 LDC2003T16. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2003.


SummBank 1.0 was produced by Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2003T16 and ISBN 1-58563-274-0.

SummBank 1.0 contains the data created for the Summer 2001 Johns Hopkins Workshop which focused on text summarization in a cross-lingual information retrieval framework. For more information about the Johns Hopkins summer workshop on Text Summarization please visit its website. The goal of the corpus is to gather together a corpus of original documents and summaries which can be used as gold standards by the documents summarization community.

The source of the data consists of 18,147 aligned bilingual (Cantonese and English) article pairs from the Information Services Department of the Hong-Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, which were published by the LDC in 2000 as Hong Kong News Parallel Text.


This corpus contains 40 news clusters in English and Chinese, 360 multi-document, human-written non-extractive summaries, and nearly two million single document and multi-document extracts created by automatic and manual methods. The summarizer that was reimplemented and upgraded during the workshop is called MEAD; updated versions of the software are available from the MEAD website.

This distribution includes roughly two million text files, totalling approximately 13GB uncompressed. The text files are encoded either as utf-8 for English or GB or Big-5 for Chinese.


Additional information, updates, bug fixes may be available on the SummBank website.

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