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(Olympics) Yonhap introduces 'robot reporter' to cover PyeongChang Olympics

All Headlines 11:46 February 14, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- Yonhap News Agency has introduced an automated reporting system to produce news on the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics as part of its efforts to improve coverage and expand technology-based journalism.

South Korea's leading news provider began operating its Olympicbot software at the preliminary round of mixed doubles curling between the United States and Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) last week, powered by an algorithm which writes stories based on data collected from the Olympics organizing committee.

It takes one or two seconds for the Olympicbot to produce an article and publish it on the news agency's website once an event ends, the company said. The program uses a database of words and sentences written by Yonhap reporters in the process.

Yonhap developed the system and gave it a test run in the second half of last year to prepare for various circumstances that could happen during the international sports event, it said.

Readers can check out the Korean-language articles on all 15 sports events in real time during the 17-day Winter Games, as well as through the end of the March 9-18 Paralympics, the company added said.

Yonhap News Agency first introduced the system to cover the English Premier League football games last year.

This image is a screenshot of articles written by Yonhap News Agency's Olympicbot on the news outlet's website on Feb. 14, 2018. (Yonhap)


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