Academic Search Engine Published

from the I-Still-Haven't-Found-What-I'm-Looking-For dept

Google determines relevance by links, and so does this search engine in Nature. However while Google only counts a link from site A to site B as a single vote for site B, the published algorithm somehow takes into account all of the links on site A to establish a “community” of links. I think Google could use some improvements, just search for “Russian Dancing” sometime. Why are my roommates the first hit?

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kai says:

seems 'not new'

If there’s something new in this work, it seems like a minor difference from a) kleinberg’s HITS algorithmn; b) NEC’s citeseer algorithm; c) other works explicitly on finding communities by looking solely at the link structure (Prabhakar Raghavan, for one).

Maybe ‘what’s new’ is that it’s published in Nature, but most of the important ideas (on which this is based) were published years ago, as far as I can tell. (At least the article could mention some more of the prior work).

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