What is FeedBeagle.com? FeedBeagle is a
web-based news aggregator and classifier. Our servers constantly scan hundreds
of Internet news feeds and our categorization engine sorts the stories into
categories, or sections, that you define. A stories automatic assignment
to a section is based on an analysis of the stories previously assigned to
Why do I need a user name? A user name allows
you to be able to create your own sections. Without a user name we wouldn't be
able to tell one person's sections from anothers.
What is a section? Think of a traditional
newspapaper. It's news stories are sorted into sections like national, world,
health, or sports. The publisher decides what the sections are and what stories
he is going to assign to each section. FeedBeagle lets you define your own
sections and automatically places stories in them based based on some simple
training you provide.
How do I set up my sections? After you get your
user name and sign on, just click on the my sections
link. A default set of sections is already created for you and you can edit or
add sections as you please. A maximum of 10 sections can be created for each
How do I train FeadBeagle? Once you have set up
your sections they will be listed under each news story (actually you will see
the first three letters of each section's name). The section the story is
assigned to will be bold. If the story is assigned to the wrong section or is
not assigned to any section, just click on the correct section. From then on
that story will be used to train FeedBeagle as to the type of story that should
be placed in that section. FeedBeagle needs a few stories in each section for
categorization to begin working.
What do the Hide and Hide All links do? If you
only want to see new stories each time you visit FeedBeagle, you can use these
links to mark the stories you have already read. If you decide you want to see
the stories you have previously hidden you can check the 'Show items that have
been marked as Read?' option under preferences.
What do the percentages shown under each story mean?
FeedBeagle calculates the probabiliy that a story belongs in a section based on
an analysis of the stories you have manually assigned to the section. By
default only stories with a 90% or better probability will be assigned to a
section. You can lower this threshold in your preferences. If you see the word
'Train' instead of a percentage, it means that you have manually assigned this
story to the section. 'None' means that the story's probability did not exceed
the threshold required to be assigned to any section.
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