Can an Algorithm Replace Stock Analysts?

From left: Kris Hammond, Larry Birnbaum, and Stuart Frankel of Narrative Science in Chicago, 2011 Photograph by Peter Wynn Thompson/The New York Times via Redux

As a journalist, I naturally regard the Chicago-based Narrative Science with morbid fascination. In 2010 the startup made news selling software that read baseball box scores and generated newspaper articles from the data. Narrative Science says the idea isn’t to put reporters out of work, but to extend their reach to events that would otherwise go uncovered. That didn’t stop Bloomberg Businessweek from asking whether sportswriters were really necessary.

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