Class Projects - Fall 2012

Virtual Abby

Virtual Abby uses a trove of Dear Abby columns to give advice to people on Twitter.

What it does

Virtual Abbyuses a trove of Dear Abby columns to give advice to people on Twitter. Twitter users who have questions about what to do with a particular real life problem tweet their question to @VirtualAbby. Virtual Abby then replies to the user with links to relevant Dear Abby columns.

Under the hood, the system works by analyzing the content of the question then matching keywords from the tweet with the similar keywords in Dear Abby columns before replying with pertinent links.

Virtual Abby is a fun demonstration that pairs data from Twitter with a popular, and widely syndicated stalwart of American publishing.

Connect

Initial Concept: Larry Birnbaum and Kris Hammond

Student Team: Asmaa Aljuhani, John Greene, Matthew Zampa

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