Last weekend I went to my first hackathon - OxHACK. I can honestly say that I have never been surrounded by so many computer scientists for a long time. It spent some 30ish pleasant hacking hours in a company of a three kind students.
For the given 24 hours of coding time we decided to create a tool which searches through academic papers in *.pdf format, extracts their introduction and conclusion sections. After extracting this data in ASCII, some natural language processing algorithms are applied to compress the sections in just a few sentences giving a smart summary of the work. We used an existing OCR reader written in python "texttopdf", some shell/sed processing (regexp deletion stuff) to clean up the converted ASCII text and the python Alchemy library for natural language processing for section compression. The engine was nicely wrapped into a webpage using Flask, and we also managed to use Mendeley's API to fetch pdf papers for processing from a Mendeley account.
Picture from left to right, Josh, Rebecca, me and Keller.
Here is a picture of the team, we also got into the top 10 best projects at this hackathon! Here is the place to once again say, it was a pleasure to work with you guys!
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