Initially, we thought of the complicated wording of legal papers and how we could help make them more digestible and, well, shorter. After some more discussing, we decided that it would be better to broaden our scope and develop a tool with a broader range of impact, not just in the legal business. Thus, Paraphrase was born.
What it does
Paraphrase is a web extension that hopes to cut down on time spent reading pages of text by picking out key sentences based on user-input. Users can modify which combinations of words they're most interested in seeing in sentences and how such phrases are weighted by Paraphrase. From there, the extension returns a list of the top matches.
How we built it
The core of Paraphrase is from API's such as Spacy and Beautiful-soup, which help ______ . Our coders tweaked these API's to better match our vision of Paraphrase and then built an interface centered on enabling users to find and refine what they want from a body of text.
Challenges we ran into
Coding is hard, and our coders had a lot cut out for them as they tried to learn some new coding languages to best match their vision.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
A project like Paraphrase is one that few of us on the team have experienced and it was a joy for all of us to see Paraphrase go from a idea to a product that can improve the lives of others.
What we learned
What's next for Paraphrase
At its core, Paraphrase is a simple concept, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved. In the coming months, we'll be looking for ways to improve our UI to make it as nice and easy to use as possible. As potential bugs and possible improvements for Paraphrase come up, be assured that we'll be working to make Paraphrase the best it can be.