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Volume 6 No. 234
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Yonhap Introduces 'Robot Reporter' To Cover '17-18 Premier League Season

Yonhap News Agency introduced an automated reporting system to produce news on EPL games, a milestone in its efforts to improve coverage and expand technology-based journalism. The news wire service of South Korea on Monday unveiled its Soccerbot software powered by an algorithm which imitates the way human journalists write. The system has been on a pilot service after a successful test in covering all games of the '16-17 EPL season. Soccerbot produced a total of 380 automatic experimental articles, each within one or two seconds of game's end. Yonhap said that it will develop another program to cover the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The program utilizes a database of words and sentences written by Yonhap reporters. It produces articles in three steps -- collecting data, writing sentences and going through spelling and grammar checks (Yonhap).