An article spinner is a resource or device whose primary function is to rewrite text (such as an article or blog entry) so that the overall message and meaning are left intact while the wording is changed significantly. It is commonly used by content creators, website/blog administrators, and marketing agencies in an attempt to imitate the success of existing content while appearing original. The term can refer to either a person who rewrites existing content or (increasingly) automated software that performs said task. (techopedia)
So I thought I would give it a try. My original plan was to use a natural language generation program, which I had written about last week, but I couldn’t find a free one. Plus, they looked too complicated (i.e., it wouldn’t give me a blog post in the next 30 minutes).
But article spinners looked quick and dirty, you just copy some text from somewhere, hit a button, and it rewrites the text.
Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article about the best way to plan a route for optimal results. Think UPS drivers, school bus drivers, and your weekend trip out to do four errands. What is the best order to do those trips in?
So here is one of the paragraphs from the article:
Finding the shortest route for my errands is known in mathematics as the “traveling salesman problem.” The salesman has a list of towns to visit and must find the shortest route to finish and return home. The scenario also applies to routing school buses or transmitting electronic data via different routers. One possible algorithm is to start by going to the nearest place and then to keep picking the nearest location you haven’t yet visited. This is called the “nearest neighbor” algorithm. It’s simple to do but doesn’t necessarily pick the best route.
I entered this into the article spinner at Spinbot, and this was the result:
Observing the most limited course for my tasks is referred to in math as the “mobile sales rep issue.” The sales rep has a rundown of towns to visit and should track down the briefest course to get done and get back. The situation additionally applies to steering school transports or sending electronic information through various switches. One potential calculation is to begin by going to the closest spot and afterward to continue to pick the closest area you haven’t yet visited. This is known as the “closest neighbor” calculation. It’s easy to do yet doesn’t really pick the best course.
A couple of the highlights for me:
- “traveling salesman problem” became “mobile sales rep issue”
- “routing school buses” became “steering school transport”
I thought I’d try one more paragraph:
Another type of algorithm is called an “evolutionary” algorithm, inspired by the evolution of living creatures. Those algorithms start with a plausible solution and then repeatedly “mutate” it to see if better solutions arise. You might not find the best solution, but you will find progressively better ones, and you can decide how long you want to invest in finding a better solution before just getting on with implementing it.
and here’s the article spin result:
One more kind of calculation is called an “transformative” calculation, motivated by the advancement of living animals. Those calculations start with a conceivable arrangement and afterward more than once “change” it to check whether better arrangements emerge. You probably won’t track down the best arrangement, yet you will track down continuously better ones, and you can conclude how lengthy you need to put resources into tracking down a superior arrangement before continuing ahead with carrying out it.
A couple things I noted here.
First, I guess you would have to go back and change “transformative” back to “evolutionary” since that is the real name of the algorithm.
Second, the spun article is much more confusing to read.
Article spinners seem to be a crude use of technology to help people create “new” content in a short amount of time. I don’ think it does a great job, plus to me, it seems like plagiarism.
I wonder what the courts would have to say about someone who just uses an article spinner to copy news articles from sites such as WSJ or CNN, and posted them to his site like they were his own.
I’m asking for a friend.
Or as SpinBot translated that last line: “I’m requesting a companion.”
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