This GPA Calculator Predicts Scores by Gathering Environmental Information

By: Alyson Wyers - Jun 23, 2015
References: studentlife.cs.dartmouth.edu & springwise
Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin are using lifestyle data to fuel a GPA calculator and smartphone tool capable of guessing scores within 0.17 of a point.

The SmartGPA app carries out a StudentLife study, which uses smartphones to gather data that can affect academic performance. This includes behavioral, cognitive and environmental aspects including class attendance, exercise, how often you party, sleeping habits and length of study time. The GPA calculator can do all this without users having to physically input any information. The smartphone data and its machine learning algorithms predict grade point averages without any previous knowledge like SAT scores or IQ.

SmartGPA helps students keep on track throughout the semester and allows them to course-correct before it's too late.