Chicago-based Narrative Science, which specializes in artificial intelligence and communication technology, has received funding from an investment firm tied to the Central Intelligence Agency. The amount of the funding was not disclosed. Narrative Science said it will build a version of Quill, its flagship technology product, for In-Q-Tel's government customers. IQT, as the Arlington, Va.-based firm is known, is a private company that invests in and partners with startups on behalf of the U.S. intelligence community. Quill's artificial intelligence algorithms mine large sets of data for key facts and write natural sounding English prose based on the data. It can produce a range of formats, from Tweets to long-form business reports, and Narrative Science's customers include companies in industries such as financial services and marketing. The startup's technology "analyzes data and communicates this information in a way that is easy to read and understand," Steve Bowsher, managing partner at IQT, said in a statement. "We believe these advanced analytic capabilities can be of great value to our customers in the Intelligence Community." Narrative Science came out of Northwestern University, where computer science and journalism students created software to write automated recaps of baseball games. Stuart Frankel, a former DoubleClick executive who was an adviser to the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern, helped license the technology from the university to create the startup. He is now chief executive of Narrative Science while the students' advisers, professors Kris Hammond and Larry Birnbaum, are the company's chief technology officer and chief scientific adviser, respectively.