In December 2017 Google announced the release of their Human raters guidelines for evaluating the algorithm that produces Google Assistant search results. When a  user searches using the Google Assistant, the voice search algorithm will sometimes summarize the result in a spoken manner.

That announcement linked to a research paper that describes the algorithm behind the voice search summaries. The paper is called, Sentence Compression by Deletion with LSTMs (PDF).

The announcement also contained information that may be useful to understanding a part of the algorithm that is used to summarize content. It’s called a “compression system” because it removes words and phrases in order to obtain a useful summary.

The research document includes information indicating what kinds of content cannot be successfully summarized. It also details exactly what kinds of words and phrases are removed.

This kind of information may be useful for publishers who may wish to publish content that can be easily summarized and shown in voice search. Considering how important voice search is becoming, it may be useful to understand how this works. Read more from searchenginejournal.com…

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