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First Machine-Generated Book Published

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Researchers at Goethe University in Germany developed an algorithm that was used by publisher Springer Nature to produce its first computer-generated book. The volume, "Lithium-Ion Batteries," offers an overview of new research publications on the batteries.

Elements of the algorithm analyze textual content, so relevant publications from the SpringerLink content platform were automatically selected and processed; the algorithm then clustered the publications according to similarity, arranging source documents into coherent chapters and sections. Concise abstracts of the articles were generated within the chapters, while extracted and paraphrased passages from the source documents were referenced by hyperlinks, which let readers further explore the original document.

"This publication has allowed us to demonstrate the degree to which the challenges of machine-generated publications can be solved when experts from scientific publishers collaborate with computer linguists," says Christian Chiarcos, assistant professor with the Applied Computational Linguistics lab of Goethe University.

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