Story Squad is a non-profit children’s application that promotes creative writing by making the writing and drawing process competitive. Story Squad uses Optical Character Recognition and Neural Networks to ensure fair competition. The problem that needed to be solved was improving the matching up of children based on writing and drawing level to allow for a fair competition. The application was using Google Vision API to transcribe the handwritten submissions into text data, and a CNN for scoring the drawings.
What needed to be done:
• Implement Tesseract OCR Model for text data
• Generate synthetic text training data
• Scrape the…
TRIGGER WARNING: this blog post contains information on gun deaths, specifically suicide.
Suicide is the tenth highest cause of death in the united states. There are approximately 135 people affected for every one suicide and around fifty thousand suicides in 2018 alone. It is obvious that suicide and depression are major problems in the US that have affected millions of people.
To explore this further I have taken a dataset from the CDC that documents gun deaths between 2012 and 2014. Nearly 65,000 of these gun deaths were suicides. I looked at numerous variables involving the suicides in this dataset…