Inspiration

WhatsApp group chats are great. But often, they tend to become a huge and confusing mess. We wanted to use AI to shed some light on our communication: Who is most active? Which group member sends the most happy messages, which is most negative? Who likes to start conversations, and who is only replying?

What it does

Our Android app sends the chat log to the Azure cloud for analysis, where we use Microsoft's AI services to analyze several aspects of the chat: The absolute and relative share of messages for each group member, their level of activity at certain times and days and the 'positivity' of their messages. All of this information is then displayed in beautiful graphs back in our Android app.

How we built it

Our Android app disguises as an email app to get the chat logs via the "send chat via email" feature of WhatsApp. The log's text file is then sent to an Azure instance, where we use NodeJS to take apart the messages and analyse them under a number of aspects. First, we calculate the absolute and relative number of messages and conversations started by each group member and analyze the days and times when each user is most active. Then, we use Azure to analyze the tone of certain groups of messages and thereby calculate sentiment scores for each member and conversation. These are then averaged to get a single 'positivity score' for each group member and the group as a whole. The UI at the client is realized as a simple webpage and generates its content using mainly JavaScript.

Challenges we ran into

In the beginning, it was quite challenging to process complex data structures with JavaScript, although modern features helped sometimes. Also, WhatsApp isn't exactly cooperative when it comes to giving away chat logs. For example, we had to call ourselves "Gmail" internally to even appear in the "send chat via email" dialog.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

This includes the disguise of an app we wrote on our own as a Gmail-like mail client. Moreover, in general we are very happy that we could finish all components of the project: App, web frontend and Azure backend.

What we learned

All of us have never worked with Azure before, so this was an interesting new experience. Additionally, getting beyond various infrastructural boundaries was hard, but teached us a lot.

What's next for Chat Analyzer

The data analysis features can be extended a lot, integrating even more AI services of Microsoft Azure. Apart from that, we could integrate the WhatsApp API (although that would be more than unofficial). This way, we could gather a lot more data so the user would be able to gain even more insights into his surroundings.

Built With

From front to back, we wrote JavaScript. The backend running on the Azure server uses NodeJS and Express to serve the websites. The frontend is pure JavaScript as well. Its most important libraries are jQuery, Bootstrap and Chart.js.

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