Churchill's speeches fail exam - Telegraph
Automated grading of written tests to judge how the author writes are bound to fail. The best writers will often confuse the computer systems which fail at detecting style, subtlety, or humor.
Churchill's speeches, Hemingway's style and Golding's prose would not have been appreciated by a new computerised marking system used to assess A level English.
The system, which is a proposed way of marking exam papers online, found that Churchill's rousing call to "fight them on the beaches" was too repetitive, with the text using the word "upon" and "our" too frequently.
His reference to the "might of the German army" lost him marks because the computer assumed that Churchill had intended to say "might have", instead of using "might" as a noun.
Graham Herbert, deputy head of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, said: “The computer was limited in its scope. It couldn’t cope with metaphor and didn’t understand the purpose of the speech.