Both of the participants in our group are current high school seniors and the prospects of choosing a UC campus soon will be daunting upon us. Therefore, we wanted to see for ourselves, and eventually for our users, which of the UC campuses fit us the best.
What it does
Our website uses reviews and articles on various UC campuses which are used eventually to determine the best UC campus for the user through a series of questions.
How we built it
Our algorithm counts the most occurring words in each text file retrieved and then associates certain words with particular UC campuses. At the end, with the questions, we assign point values to each answer. A higher score would suggest the user to research or consider a certain level or group of UC campuses. Vise versa with a lower score.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into a problem of being able to read txt files from the online text editor we were using to build the website. Unfortunately, we were never able to access the txt files online, thus we hardcoded this into the system.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for UCCounselor
We initially planned on making a financial aid calculator for this website. However, this had required us to learn tables and putting them into 2D arrays of our own in html, something which we were not knowledgeable of. So, learning how to incorporate official data from tables will be the next step for a subpage to our website.