Monday, January 09, 2006

Shrinking the Alito opening statements

Wherein I callback to one of my first posts.

MS Word is the software product most likely to give me an anueryism; however, it does have at least one entertaining feature - Autosummarize. Notice I said entertaining, not useful. Here’s how Microsoft describes it:
AutoSummarize determines key points by analyzing the document and assigning a score to each sentence. Sentences that contain words used frequently in the document are given a higher score. You then choose a percentage of the highest-scoring sentences to display in the summary.

The lower the percentage you select, the lower the coherency you’ll get back. So I’ve taken the opening statements for Judge Alito and summarized each to 10% of the original.

I’ve used the transcripts published by the NY Times. Sure, you can find more insightful cmmentary, but no where can you find shorter commentary that took so long to produce.

Click to see how each senator survived the shrinking:


Blogger Lord Floppington said...

LOL! You're right. That's pretty entertaining.

1/10/2006 06:58:00 PM  

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