It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the weather’s getting cooler, baseball season is finally almost over, and the dead are rising from their graves to feast on the flesh of the living. Luckily some of u are preparing for the zombie apocalypse by stockpiling food, fuel, and weapons. The rest of you who aren’t preparing yourselves just need to know, we will feel little to no remorse when we brain you with a baseball bat.
Some people out there are taking it upon themselves to help prepare others for the upcoming zombie outbreak, like the folks behind Zombie Watchdog. Zombie Watchdog is an Android app available through the Google Play here. Luckily they have both a free and a paid version. The free version will alert you to a zombie outbreak and save your life. The paid version gives you a news feed and other options to let you know what’s going on. It will not only save your life but might also make it more comfortable as well.
So check out their site, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I promise it will keep you safer from zombies and there’s a good chance it will save you from other things as well, like boredom in a long meeting, the monotony of sitting through church, or the apathy that comes from your dreary life.
Hit the jump for a demo video and more on the science behind the app.
We created a system that utilized weighted keywords; a large database of keywords (for example “zombie,” “t-virus,” “outbreak”) was created, with every keyword meticulously assigned a value. The system then scans through hundreds of world-wide RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds, reading tens of thousands of unique articles every day. Whenever an article is found that contains any of these words, our algorithm uses this value to assign a weight to the article based upon a number of factors such as the number of keywords found, repetition of keywords, title placement, combinations, and more. There is also a database of negative match keywords used to rule out the “false positives;” when we first ran our scanner the keyword “epidemic” picked up a lot of hits due to the fact that the media loves that buzzword and they were currently fixated on what they coined the “childhood obesity epidemic.” Finally, every article is matched to one of 13 geographic regions if possible; or it will only contribute to a global baseline value.