LexRank/Mead Demo



The Mead Demo applet is a program that lets you run mead without having to install it locally. To begin, you load raw documents from various sources. The documents are then sent to Mead, which clusters the documents and calculates scores for each sentence and sends the results back to the demo. The demo displays visualizations of the clusters, lets you set various parameters, and generates a summary.

The demo can be found at http://tangra.si.umich.edu/clair/meaddemoapplet.

Adding Documents

There are three ways to add documents:

Copying and Pasting Text

In the menu bar, go to "New Session > Open File (Copy/Paste)...". A dialog will appear that will let you enter a document name and a document body.

Entering a URL to a Document

In the menu bar, go to "New Session > Open File (URL)...". A dialog will appear that will let you enter a URL to a document. For example, you would enter http://myhost.com/myfile.txt into the dialog to load that file.

Entering a URL to a Directory Listing

In the menu bar, go to "New Session > Open Directory (URL)...". A dialog will appear that will let you enter a URL to a directory. Make sure that the URL you enter will generate a directory listing of files when viewed with a web browser and that the directory contains only the documents you wish to use in Mead (no other files or subdirectories). An example set of documents in a directory listing is available at http://tangra.si.umich.edu/clair/meaddemoapplet/data.

Setting Clustering Parameters (Optional)

When the documents are sent to Mead, it will create clusters of similar documents using a tool called CIDR. You can set CIDR parameters by going to "New Session > Set clustering parameters...". There are four clustering parameters:

Removing Documents

To remove a document, select it from the "Loaded Documents" table and click the "Remove Selected Rows" button.

Running Mead

To run Mead, make sure you have added at least one document and go to "New Session > Run Mead". It might take a few minutes for the request to be fully processed.

After everything has been loaded, at least two new tabs will open in the applet. The "Main" tab gives an overview of the clusters, documents, and sentences. After the "Main" tab there will be one or more cluster tabs, labelled by their top three centroid words.

To start over, just add new documents to the (now cleared) list on the "New Session" tab and run Mead as before.

The Cluster View

The cluster view consists of three components: the main view in the center, the control panel to the right, and the sentence table at the bottom. The main view has three separate views: the graph view, the summary view, and the centroid view.

The Sentence Table

The sentence table displays the list of sentences in the cluster as well as their document, order in the document, feature scores, and overall score. Highlighted rows are sentences that appear in the summary.

The Control Panel

The control panel lets you specify parameters used to compute the summary as well as visualization settings.

The Graph View

The graph view gives a visual representation of the cluster as a graph. Each vertex on the graph represents a sentence and each edge between vertices represents the similarity between those two sentences (this is used to calculate the LexRank feature). Sentences from the same document will be the same color. Sentences that do not appear in the summary will be represented by small, red vertices. To display the vertex names or edge weights, use the checkboxes at the bottom of the control panel. To pan the graph, click and drag the background. To zoom the graph, use the scrollwheel on your mouse or the zoom buttons on the control panel.

The Summary View

The summary view displays the top ranked sentences in the cluster.

The Centroid View

The centroid view displays a table of words in the cluster and their corresponding centroid score.