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Columbia Researchers Develop Automatic News Summary Program

To help the public manage the overwhelming amount of information generated by news organizations and to update them on the latest developments, a team led by Kathy McKeown, the chairman of the Computer Science Department at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, has created an experimental software program that summarizes information on 17 news websites.

Called Newsblaster, the project developed by the natural language programming group was five years in the making and was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which wants to make it easier for intelligence analysts to browse for information.

The New York Times Circuits section on March 28, 2002 reported the development in an article headlined "A News Cocktail Mixed by a Software Genie."

Published: Mar 29, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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