What happens when a bot summarizes 11 famous works of literature

Today, a start-up called Algorithmia officially launched to the public. It’s a marketplace for bots, essentially—a place where researchers and academics can post all manner of algorithms that other people can use, either for free or for a per-use fee.

So far, one of the most popular algorithms on the site is called “Summarizer,” which “takes in blocks of text, and extracts key topic sentences.” It’s been used 429,000 times. This kind of algorithm has been used in apps like Summly for years, but now, it’s open-source and free.

We decided to test out Summarizer by running some classic blocks of text through the algorithm, and seeing what it thought were the most important sentences.

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