Tracking software bugs in the press

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For some time I was curious about press coverage of software bugs.

Mostly, I wanted to know if there were any patterns in reporting, such as being able to pick out the root cause, impact and so on.

First, I used some tools to search and regularly store, extract relevant info and post to my blog.

Then I tried to see if it was reasonable to think that much could be deduced from this, either by going deeper using machine learning for example.

In the end the most obvious pattern was that there weren’t many details in press articles on how the bugs occurred, more on the impact and the company response.

I didn’t go further at that point, though the exercise was fun. All the posts in the category “Software Bugs in the Press” are the posts that I posted during that time.