Summarizing Text

Summarizing Text

March 22nd, 2023

ChatGPT is renowned for generating content in the blink of an eye, making it a tremendous time-saver. Additionally, it can help us to digest lengthy and tedious texts, thereby saving us even more time. This language model has the ability to summarize a wide range of materials, including books, movies, plays, articles, and more. With ChatGPT, it's as though we have Cliff's Notes for everything!

Summarizing from Scratch

ChatGPT is so familiar with some famous works that you can ask it to summarize them without having to provide additional text. For instance, you can request a summary of "Romeo & Juliet" by act. This feature is incredibly useful as it enables you to grasp the essence of the play in 300 words or fewer instead of trudging through all 24,000 words.

Although you could instead look up a summary, ChatGPT can tailor the content to your needs. Maybe you really like Football, so you could as ChatGPT to “Give me a 100 word summary of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in American football terms.”

Working With Long Blocks of Texts: Copy & Paste!

You can ask ChatGPT to summarize or create an outline of the text and TL;DR the whole thing. All you all you have to do is copy and paste the specific text into the prompt. (You can include up to 2,500 words. If the work is longer than that, you will have to break it into chunks.) Ask for a simplified summary of chosen text by writing, “Summarize this for me like I'm 5 years old: [PASTE TEXT HERE]” This one is a summary “for a 5-year old” from a section of Wikipedia’s entry on “quantum entanglement”.

In addition to summaries, you can also ask ChatGPT to write outlines for blocks of text. Sometimes it’s better to have an outline so that you can see the thread or framework of the whole article. You also just need to copy and paste the text you want outlined into your prompt. The following is ChatGPT’s outline on the Wikipedia page on “rope,” specifically on the history of rope.

We’ve just covered some of the very basics of using ChatGPT to handle long texts. There are many more ways to use ChatGPT to summarize and outline texts!


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