Title

Vocabloom

Lead Author Major

Computer Science

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Michael Doherty

Faculty Mentor Department

Computer Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

Vocabloom is an android app that helps improve users’ awareness of the vocabulary they use in text messages and provides suggestions for them to expand their vocabulary. The app does this by scanning the words they use in sent text messages at different points over time and comparing them while giving synonym suggestions for their most used words. The user is able to choose when to scan their sent text messages and each scan is saved so each analysis can be viewed individually at any time. When comparing a scan to a past scan, a user can track their improvement by comparing the vocabulary scores they received from the app for each scan. This score is calculated by the ratio of their unique words to total words used. To improve this score, the user must expand their vocabulary and can do so by using the synonym suggestions offered by the app in previous scans. It has been proven by studies that practicing using new words in conversation is one of the most effective ways of learning new vocabulary, which is exactly what this app will encourage users to do.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

2-5-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

2-5-2015 4:30 PM

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Vocabloom

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Vocabloom is an android app that helps improve users’ awareness of the vocabulary they use in text messages and provides suggestions for them to expand their vocabulary. The app does this by scanning the words they use in sent text messages at different points over time and comparing them while giving synonym suggestions for their most used words. The user is able to choose when to scan their sent text messages and each scan is saved so each analysis can be viewed individually at any time. When comparing a scan to a past scan, a user can track their improvement by comparing the vocabulary scores they received from the app for each scan. This score is calculated by the ratio of their unique words to total words used. To improve this score, the user must expand their vocabulary and can do so by using the synonym suggestions offered by the app in previous scans. It has been proven by studies that practicing using new words in conversation is one of the most effective ways of learning new vocabulary, which is exactly what this app will encourage users to do.