Francine R. Chen - Menlo Park CA,
Thorsten H. Brants - Palo Alto CA,
Annie E. Zaenen - Redwood City CA,
Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated - Palo Alto CA
Techniques for displaying interactive topic-based summarization are provided. A text to be summarized is segmented. Discrete keyword, key-phrase, n-gram, sentence and other sentence constituent based summaries are generated based on statistical measures for each text segment. Interactive topic-based summaries are displayed with human sensible omitted text indicators such as alternate colors, fonts, sounds, tactile elements or other human sensible display characteristics useful in indicating omitted text. Individual and/or combinations of discrete keyword, key-phrase, n-gram, sentence, noun phrase and sentence constituent based summaries are dynamically displayed to provide an overview of topic and subtopic development within a text. A hierarchical and interactive display of texts based on the use of discrete sentence constituent based summaries which associates expansible and contractible displayed text to provide contextualized access to an interactive topic-based text summary and to an original text.