NY Times Robot Generates Haikus Of Their All Articles

NY Times Robot Generates Haikus Of Their All Articles

Poetry is no longer a past time undertaken only by humans in this innovative way of accessing the news.

Ross Brooks
  • 3 april 2013

The newspaper’s senior software architect Jacob Harris has built a robot, or rather designed an algorithm that uses the text from articles in The New York Times to generate a Haiku.

For those who don’t know, a Haiku is a form of short Japanese poetry consisting of a set number of syllables. Normally 5, 7 and 5 although this isn’t set in stone due to the differences between English and Japanese. The main premise is to have a point in the poem where there is a sudden shift or cutting motion.


The algorithm takes words from articles on the homepage of the times and checks them against a dictionary which also contains syllable counts. The result is often passable poems and at times, something even a haiku enthusiast would be proud to read.


Many of these poems serve as a snapshot of the articles they represent, with just enough information to encapsulate the story. The Times is hoping this could be another way for readers to access the news, especially with the communication on social media platforms taking a much shorter form these days.

New York Times Haiku


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