We believed that we could help with the current global pandemic, by helping to verify facts, particularly about it. Due to the media's attitude, they will quite often overstate/exaggerate their news, particularly for attention. However, this isn't good, as people believe what they hear from the news, and if this isn't correct, then loads of people are completely mislead, and we don't want this to be the case.
What it does
Our website/chrome extension will, when a fact is entered, return the google search results for that query, and then use an algorithm to decide upon the percentage validity of that statement, and display it on the screen. It also displays the Google Search results for that query.
The Chrome Extension is currently being reviewed by Google, before it becomes available on the Web Store. However, you can have a little peek by downloading the files from the github repo: Program/1004/Extension and using Chrome Extension Developer mode to load it in locally. However, make sure to place the images in a folder called images!
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Never having used APIs before. This took a long time (and a lot of Google!) to work out, but it turns out it was relatively simple upon completion :) The algorithm looked easy once it was finished, but not before! The front-end dev. was mostly quite easy, aside from the Chrome Extension, which we've never even thought of doing before.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Building a usable chrome extension
Testing out Machine Learning Algorithms
Writing an algorithm to calculate a percentage
What we learned
How APIs work and how to use them
What Machine Learning is and how to use it (even though we didn't use it!)
How to build a chrome extension
What's next for News Checker
Hopefully find a better API (that costs less!), so the program can become widely available
Use a Machine Learning Algorithm to make the results more reliable
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