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Auto Cento - random stories automatically generated from classic and indie novels

Rosen Trevithick on 24.07.2015 12:46
Rosen Trevithick

A cento is a poem or story made up from extracts of other works.

Just for fun, we've created an automatic cento generator.

It selects sentences from a variety or novels, including books by Jane Austen, Dickens and Mark Twain, to make a whole new story.

You'll also find it uses books by indies such as David Wailing, Tim Arnot, Michael Brookes and, naturally, me!

Last edited: 24.07.2015 12:46

Michael Brookes on 25.07.2015 10:34
Michael Brookes

I've posted a shout out for this feature - it's a lot of fun :-)

Rosen Trevithick on 25.07.2015 19:09
Rosen Trevithick

Thank you for the feature - a great little post. And I like 'Demon'.

It's made me realise I'm going to have to do something about the old texts using a dot after titles like 'Mrs'; the algorithm thought it denoted the end of a sentence.

Still, it's a work in progress.

Last edited: 25.07.2015 19:09

Michael Brookes on 25.07.2015 20:12
Michael Brookes

I hadn't realised how clever it was until I started tracing the connections between each line. Very cool.

Rosen Trevithick on 25.07.2015 22:39
Rosen Trevithick

It picks a word from each line to spawn the next one.

Rosen Trevithick on 26.07.2015 16:07
Rosen Trevithick

I've upgraded Auto Cento, so you can now generate stories using two keywords, if you want to.

Rosen Trevithick on 27.07.2015 16:40
Rosen Trevithick

Some people have commented that randomly generated centos are a little disjointed, and that to write a real story requires a human.

Therefore, I've created a cento generator that you can guide, thus crafting the perfect story.

Last edited: 27.07.2015 16:40

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