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What is Story Squad?

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…


James Hagerman

Data Scientist

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