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Clive Thompson : The Attack of the Incredible Grading Machine

"The theory behind the method is this: For any given essay, good content is a function of using certain words in the vicinity of certain other words, and that accomplishment can be expressed numerically." Fascinating. The claim is that it is optimized for short-essay answers, but how long will that last? What happens, then, when you feed it a paper by someone who decides to challenge accepted notions, expand the area of discussion or just outright aims to prove an idea to be wrong wrong wrong? Galileo, anyone?

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