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If you’re a fan of Blinkist, the app that lets you read important insights from popular books, you might have wondered if there’s a similar app for news or Wikipedia articles. In this blog we take a look at APIs for text summarization that you could use to power such an app. We used the The_Dark_Knight_(film) wikipedia article, or the text from it, with some formatting, as the test input and evaluated the APIs on functionality, efficacy, and pricing.
TL;DR: Aylien – Text Analysis, MeaningCloud – Summarization, ML Analyzer, Recognant Summarization Index, Summarize Text and Text Summary will give your app’s users the gist of any article in a fraction of the time it takes to read the original.
Aylien Text Analysis
The Aylien Text API gives you the option to pass either a link to the article or its title and content as parameters. It lets you select a short mode or a default mode that further lets you control the number of sentences or percentage of sentences to be returned. For our example we selected the short mode and received the following response:
The text summary returned is highly relevant even in the short mode as it indicates that the films is the second part of The Dark Knight Trilogy, lists key cast members, and provides plot highlights.
The free tier for Aylien’s Text Analysis API gives you 1,000 requests per day. For higher volume use, the API has three paid tiers:
- $199 for 6,000 requests per day
- $649 for 80,000 requests per day
- $1,399 for 180,000 requests per day
MeaningCloud Summarization is language independent and extracts a summary for a given document by selecting the most relevant sentences in it.
Summarization allows input to be provided in the form of a url, a document, or text. You can specify the number of sentences the summary should have. Here we passed the url of the Wikipedia article and requested for a 5-sentence summary.
The five line summary clearly indicates that the movie is a sequel to Batman Begins, specifies cast members, and outlines the story.
The MeaningCloud Summarization API is free for 40,000 requests per month and costs $ 0.003 for each additional request.
The ML Analyzer API requires the content of the article to passed as a parameter. It allows you to specify the number of sentences that the article should be summarized into.
The summary response returned shows that the article is about The Dark Knight, a 2008 superhero film. It indicates the cast of the movie and has a plot outline.
The ML Analyzer API is free for up to 100,000 requests per month and costs $ 0.0001 for each additional request.
Recognant – Summarization Index
Recognant – Summarization Index API returns a summary, the parts of speech for each sentence, the extracted HTML, and the content make up of a webpage. Specifically, the EnEIYou Summarization Index summarizes content from HTML by extracting the content from the page and then scoring each sentence.
The endpoint requires the url of the article. You can optionally specify the length of the summary in number of characters or as a fraction of the original. To save bandwidth, you can configure it to return the summary only and not the html, text, and content scores.
The response summary returned indicates the title of the article, including its source, and the summary focuses on the plot of the movie and the reviews that the movie received.
The Recognant – Summarization Index API is free for 3 calls a day. Higher volume tiers are as follows:
- $10 for 300 requests per day
- $100 for 200 requests per day
- $1,000 for 2000 requests per day
Summarize Text API lets you choose your language and ratio to receive your text summary.
The Summarizer endpoint is called with the POST method and requires a JSON payload indicating the language, relative size of the summary, and the actual text content.
The text summary returned is focused on the performance of the movie in terms of reviews it received, the awards it won, and revenue grossed.
Summarize Text gives you 100 requests per day for free. It’s paid plans are:
- $25 for 1,000 requests per day
- $50 for 10,000 requests per day
- $100 for unlimited requests
Text Summary API is a content summarizing and highlighting API.
The summary endpoint is called with the POST method and requires a JSON payload consisting of the text content or a url. For this test, we submitted text in the JSON payload.
The summary describes what the article is about and the performance of the movie including reviews and awards.
Text Summary offers 5 requests per day for free and a paid plan for
- $20 for 1,000 requests per day
A hero can be anyone but those who use APIs become heroes faster. Take advantage of the free plans offered by these text summarization APIs to find the best fit for your application.
Summary: Best Text Summarization & Analysis APIs
|Text Summarization API||Created By||Functionality||Pricing|
|Aylien Text Analysis||Aylien||Pass either a link or content||Free tier gives you 1,000 requests/day
Additional paid tiers available
|MeaningCloud Summarization||MeaningCloud||Pass either a link, document, or text||Free for 40,000 requests/month and $0.003/additional request|
|ML Analyzer||ML Analyzer||Requires content to be passed as parameter||Free up to 100,000 requests/month and $0.0001/additional request|
|Summarization Index||Recognant||Requires link of article||Free for 3 calls/day.
$10 for 300 calls/day.
$100 for 200 calls/day.
$1000 for 2000 calls/day.
|Summarize Text||cotomax||Requires JSON payload||First 100 calls/day are Free.
$25 for 1000 calls/day.
$50 for 10,000 calls/day.
$100 for unlimited requests.
|Text Summary||iamcalm.online||Requires JSON payload||First 5 calls/day are free.
$20 for 1,000 calls/day.