sum·​ma·​ri·​za·​tion | \ ˌsə-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce summarization (audio) , ˌsəm-rə- \

Definition of summarization

1 : the act of summarizing

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Examples of summarization in a Sentence

what you wrote goes way beyond a summarization of the speech
Recent Examples on the Web And the company says T-NLG can do better abstraction and summarization than previous language models. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. and the growing risk of “digital redlining”," 11 Feb. 2020 While Project Debater's clustering and summarization skills were impressive, the human debaters stole the show. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Could Artificial Intelligence Save Us From Itself?," 26 Nov. 2019 This film begs for a viewing unencumbered by lengthy summarization. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Mother!’ will haunt and mesmerize you," 14 Sep. 2017 The visual burned into the imagination of a young George Lucas, who would lift those imagery, thrills, and summarization tactics from Flash Gordon for his 1977 space opera Star Wars. Matt Patches, Esquire, "A Definitive Ranking of the Star Wars Opening Title Crawls," 27 May 2015

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First Known Use of summarization

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of summarization was in 1865

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15 May 2020

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“Summarization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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