The idea

Say you're reading an opinion article online, and the author says something totally surprising. Are you just out of the loop, or is this person a bit... odd. The Opinionator compares the text with recent news articles on the same topic. Do they talk about the same ideas? Our Fringeometer™ will tell you!

The Tech

On the frontend, we use a Chrome extension written in JavaScript. The backend is a Python server running Flask, using Bokeh for graphics, and sklearn and numpy to crunch the numbers.

The APIs

We fetch tagged news articles from Reuters Web Connect, and use Open Calais to process user-submitted text.

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