MEAD is the most elaborate publicly available platform for multi-lingual summarization and evaluation.The platform implements multiple summarization algorithms such as position-based, centroid-based, largest common subsequence, and keywords. The methods for evaluating the quality of the summaries are both intrinsic and extrinsic. MEAD implements a battery of summarization algorithms, including baselines (lead-based and random) as well as centroid-based and query-based methods.




  • Is additional MEAD-compatible data available?
  • All the data used at the JHU workshop will be released soon in conjunction with the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). Check the MEAD web page often, or better yet, subscribe to the MEAD mailing list.

  • How can I make sure I understand the details of how MEAD works?
  • As an exercise, try implementing your own features (e.g., CueWord) or rerankers (e.g., MMR).

  • I get the following error message when I run MEAD: "Empty DBM $MEAD_HOME/etc/enidf". How can I fix this error.
  • To fix this problem, run the following command from your shell:
     perl $MEAD_HOME/bin/ $MEAD_HOME/etc/enidf $MEAD_HOME/etc/enidf.txt
    where $MEAD_HOME is the path of your MEAD installation.