A new tool might help fight malicious editing that introduces incorrect or misleading information in online sites such as Wikipedia, UPI reports. University of Iowa researchers are developing a software tool that can detect potential vandalism and improve the accuracy of Wikipedia entries, a university release says. The tool is an algorithm that looks at new edits to a page and compares them to existing words in the rest of the entry, then alerts an editor or page manager if it senses a problem. There are existing tools that spot obscenities or vulgarities, or major edits, such as deletions of...

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