What it does

This easy to use Chrome Extension analyzes the sentiment in tweets that the user is exposed to, posts that the user sees on facebook and tumblr, and newspaper articles that the user reads throughout the course of a day. At the end of the day, the user sees a summary of the sentiment they took in that day. This way, they could monitor how much negative content they were taking in and through which site.

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How we thought of it

We knew we wanted to do something with sentiment analysis. I suggested after a brief brainstorming session that I thought it would be cool if I could see the sentiment in the newspaper articles I read in a day. People don't want to read 90% negative, depressing articles all day, and I believed an app that tracks the proportion of sad and happy external stimuli people receive in a day could greatly increase their mental well-being.

Why we made it

If you take a look at the world of sentiment analysis, these apps focus on a user's tweets, facebook messages, and other posts that reveal the user's mood. But we decided that rather than analyze the user's output, we believed there was much valuable information in what the user took in.

Naming Convention

Little did we know, but Sentimeter is already taken. Thus the website is only for educational purposes and we have taken down the actual Chrome extension.

The Team

Our team of 4 consisted of a student specializing in hardware AI, a student specializing in data science, a student majoring in finance, and me. Some of the team did not know each other before the hack, but I resolved this by assigning specific tasks according to their skills.