pyrouge is a Python wrapper for the ROUGE summarization evaluation package. Getting ROUGE to work can require quite a bit of time. pyrouge is designed to make getting ROUGE scores easier by automatically converting your summaries into a format ROUGE understands, and automatically generating the ROUGE configuration file.
I have summaries in plain text format and want to get the ROUGE scores
You can evaluate your plain text summaries like this:
from pyrouge import Rouge155 r = Rouge155() r.system_dir = 'path/to/system_summaries' r.model_dir = 'path/to/model_summaries' r.system_filename_pattern = 'some_name.(\d+).txt' r.model_filename_pattern = 'some_name.[A-Z].#ID#.txt' output = r.convert_and_evaluate() print(output) output_dict = r.output_to_dict(output)
In order to evaluate summaries, ROUGE needs to know where your summaries
and the gold standard summaries are, and how to match them. In ROUGE
parlance, your summaries are 'system' summaries and the gold standard
summaries are 'model' summaries. The summaries should be in separate
folders, whose paths are set with the
variables. All summaries should contain one sentence per line.
To automatically match a system summary with the corresponding model summaries, pyrouge uses regular expressions. For example, let's assume your system summaries are named with a combination of a fixed name and a variable numeric ID like this:
and the model summaries like this, with uppercase letters identifying multiple model summaries for a given document:
The group in the
system_filename_pattern tells pyrouge which part of
the filename is the ID -- in this case
(\d+). You have to use round
brackets to indicate a group, or else pyrouge won't be able to tell
apart the ID from the rest of the filename. pyrouge then uses that ID to
find all matching model summaries. The special placeholder
tells pyrouge where it should expect the ID in the
[A-Z] part matches multiple model
summaries for that ID.
With the configuration done, invoking
you the ROUGE scores as a string. If you want to further process the
scores, you can parse the output into a dict with
I only want to preprocess my summaries and then run ROUGE on my own
To convert plain text summaries into a format ROUGE understands, do:
from pyrouge import Rouge155 Rouge155.convert_summaries_to_rouge_format(system_input_dir, system_output_dir) Rouge155.convert_summaries_to_rouge_format(model_input_dir, model_output_dir)
This will convert all summaries in
model_input_dir, and save them to their respective output
To generate the configuration file that ROUGE uses to match system and model summaries, do:
from pyrouge import Rouge155 Rouge155.write_config_static( system_dir, system_filename_pattern, model_dir, model_filename_pattern, config_file_path)
The first four arguments are explained above.
specifies where to save the configuration file.
Using pyrouge from the command line
If you prefer the command line to Python and the pyrouge module, you can use the following scripts, which are automatically installed and should be runnable from anywhere on your system:
- pyrouge_evaluate_plain_text_files gets you ROUGE scores for your plain text summaries. Example:
pyrouge_evaluate_plain_text_files -s systems_plain/ -sfp "some_name.(\d+).txt" -m models_plain/ -mfp some_name.[A-Z].#ID#.txt
- pyrouge_evaluate_rouge_format_files gets you ROUGE scores
for summaries already converted to ROUGE format. Example usage for
sample-test/SL2003data that comes with ROUGE:
pyrouge_evaluate_rouge_format_files -s systems -sfp "SL.P.10.R.11.SL062003-(\d+).html" -m models -mfp SL.P.10.R.[A-Z].SL062003-#ID#.html
Note that the system filename pattern is enclosed in quotation marks because it contains special characters.
- pyrouge_convert_plain_text_to_rouge_format converts plain text files into a format ROUGE understands. If your plain text files do not contain one sentence per line, this script can also split sentences, provided you have nltk and its Punkt sentence splitter installed. Example:
pyrouge_convert_plain_text_to_rouge_format -i models_plain/ -o models_rouge
- pyrouge_write_config_file creates a configuration file you can use to run ROUGE on your own. Example:
pyrouge_write_config_file -s systems -sfp "SL.P.10.R.11.SL062003-(\d+).html" -m models -mfp SL.P.10.R.[A-Z].SL062003-#ID#.html -c sl2003_config.xml
Running any of these with the
-h option will display a usage message
explaining the various command line options.
Instruction on installing ROUGE can be found here.
Depending on your system, you might have to run the following commands as root.
To install pyrouge, run:
pip install pyrouge
If you have trouble installing pyrouge on Windows, please check this guide by Franck Dernoncourt.
Assuming a working ROUGE-1.5.5. installation, tell pyrouge the ROUGE path with this command:
If saving the rouge path using this script doesn't work on your system, you can also supply the rouge path at runtime:
r = Rouge155('/absolute/path/to/ROUGE-1.5.5/directory')
To test if everything is installed correctly, run:
python -m pyrouge.test
If everything works, you should see something like:
Ran 10 tests in 18.055s OK
If you want to uninstall pyrouge:
pip uninstall pyrouge