If the writing style on Wikipedia seems occasionally stilted, turns out there may be a perfectly good reason for that.
An increasing number of entries on Wikipedia are being authored by automated software, or bots, that pull raw information from databases, then use algorithms to generate text in standardized templates.
In fact, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, a single bot program in Sweden has written more than 2.7 million articles on Wikipedia - or about 8.5 percent of the total collection.
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The "Lsjbot" is the creation of Swedish university administrator Sverker Johansson, who holds degrees in linguistics, civil engineering, economics and particle physics. Johannson's author bot can generate up to 10,000 new entries a day.
Most items posted by Lsjbot profile animal species or small towns in the Philippines. About two-thirds of the bot's entries are written in Filipino, and one-third in Swedish. (Johannson's wife is from the Philippines.) Once Johannson cuts the bot loose on a subject, it writes and posts the Wikipedia entry automatically.