Need a way to simplify articles quickly? Look no further! Here are some tips for summarizing an article.

Tips for Summarizing an Article Offline

There is no faster way when summarizing articles manually. However, some people are better at it than others, and that may makes a difference in speed. Practice makes perfect, so here are the steps in summarizing.

First, it is important to understand the article completely. A summary is an overview of a text and gives the reader a gist of the original work. Without understanding the original text, the summary might poorly reflect the original text. Next is determining the key points of the text. You should include these ones in your summary. Rephrase these key ideas in your own sentences and you have your summary done!

A quicker way of summarizing can be found in your word processor. Microsoft Word has an auto-summarizing button and Mac OSX has a summary online service. Just highlight the desired text and click these buttons and the word processor will summarize the article for you in a matter of seconds! These built-in summarizers even give you additional options so you can change the parameters of your summary!

How to Summarize Article Online

Summarizing an article online is faster than most other methods. There are many types of summarization software and websites as well as teaching summarizing, but if you want to have a summary produced quickly, you will have to use extraction-based summarization engines. These are often free. An extraction-based approach to summarize article associates value with frequency.

The word that is most often repeated (except for articles that is) is the most important word. The most important sentence is the one that contains the most number of frequently used words. This method also uses ranking. Summarizations utilizing the extraction-based approach are faster than those using non-extraction based methods.  This approach uses various types of methodologies.

  • The Machine Learning Approach, also known as the Noisy Channel Model, attributes values to various features of the paragraph. It analyzes the length, position and frequency of sentences in binary numbers. Meanwhile, words are analyzed based on the probability of their reoccurrence.  Statistics is the key in this method.
  • Lexical Chaining, on the other hand, relates terms and concepts in a sequence. Just as the name implies, it links together related words. The most number of words linked together in the sequence is valued as the strongest chain. Lexical Chaining can summarize entries from different web pages all at once.
  • Another new way of extraction-based summarization is Click-through Data. It is a way to summarize web content through analyzing user activity in search engines. Developed in an Asian university, this kind of summarization a sentence is based on the frequency of its words being searched in the query box of search engines. An example of a website using this kind of method is News Blaster. This site weighs sentences based on their location in the paragraph, the date of the articles they‘re in, the length and the placing of their pronouns.

These are just some of the ways to simplify paragraphs quickly using and without using the Internet. Try some of them out and feel the weight lift off your shoulder! Have a good summary in seconds!

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