How does the filter work?

How does the filter work?

Incoming articles are put in three categories:

  1. ignore
  2. bad
  3. good

Articles are ignored for the following reasons:

  • The article is behind a Paywall.
  • The article has no pictures.
  • The article belongs to a category not relevant for BetterNews (e.g. sports, editorials, reviews, weather reports, lottery results, yellow press gossip etc.)

Categorization into good or bad is automated using a naive Bayes classifier, the same technology used to filter email spam.

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