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Freakonomics: Can computers replace journalists?

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New software developed by computer science and journalism professors at Northwestern University, and licensed and distributed by Narrative Science of Evanston, Ill., may be bad news for some writers.  The software can generate news stories from hard data inputs.  ”There’s no human author and no human editing,” says Stuart Frankel, Narrative Science’s CEO. “But the stories sound really good.”  So far, the software has been applied primarily to sports statistics, but Frankel sees applications in medicine, crime and finance as well.…

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