Saturday, 16 October 2010

The end of match reports as we know them?

Fantasy Bob came across an article on this internet thingy which made him pause.  Might his purpose in life be about to come to an end?

This abstract tells you what you need to know.

Imagine that you could push a button, and magically create a story about a baseball game.  That’s what the Stats Monkey system does.  Given information commonly available online about many games—the box score and the play-by-play—the system automatically generates the text of a story about that game that captures the overall dynamic of the game and highlights the key plays and key players.  The story includes an appropriate headline and a photo of the most important player in the game.
No doubt if this can be done for baseball it can be done for cricket and Carlton's go-ahead administrators will be watching closely the further development of this programme so that they can ensure full coverage of all Carlton matches next season.

However Fantasy Bob wonders how the programme will ensure that there are adequate references to such important constituents of Carlton games as Gustav Mahler, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Sir Charles Mackerras and even doughty groundsman Magnus Moon without which no Carlton match report can be considered properly complete.   He suspects also that the programme will struggle to deliver a satisfactory report for matches that are never played - FB's speciality.

 Fantasy Bob is aware that an infinity of monkeys typing on an infinity of typewriters for an infinite period will eventually come up with one of his match reports - or the complete works of Shakespeare, whichever is shorter.  Frankly there is as much point in letting the monkeys get to it as there is in this humourless project.    Nevertheless FB offers his consultancy advice to the researchers for his usual modest fee.

For those so-minded here is a link to the full piece.


  1. I can only assume that this software system has been in use in cricket for quite some time. That would explain the Scotland on Sunday cricket reports for the last few seasons ...

  2. Dear Groupie - FB understands that the system used by SOS is in fact an earlier system whose limited capacity constrains the dictionary to the choice of 50 words. Regretably the system has several faults one of which is that whenever Grange is entered the word champions-elect comes up.