Class Projects - Fall 2012

Arbitrack

Arbitrack is a browser extension that makes political jargon accessible by assessing its origins, offering a definition, and showing other instances of the word or phrase.

What it does

Arbitrack is a browser extension that makes political jargon accessible by assessing its origins, offering a definition, and showing other instances of the word or phrase.

Readers of political news stories who have installed Arbitrack will see political jargon highlighted in the text as they read. Partisan jargon is highlighted in either red or blue, depending on the party most likely to use the term (think red for “Obamacare” and blue for “Romnesia"). When the reader hovers over a phrase a pop-up appears that shows a Google trends graph indicating the frequency of use, relevant tweets, an Urban Dictionary definition and any Wikipedia articles that explain the term.

Though Arbitrack’s database is updated regularly and includes thousands of phrases, users can also submit terms or words for inclusion.



Connect

Initial Concept: Larry Birnbaum

Student Team: Chip Weinberger, Yee Wei

Faculty Guidance: Larry Birnbaum, Jeremy Gilbert, and Kris Hammond (with assistance from Shawn O’Banion)