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Can anyone point me to a URL that performs a "find similar articles" function?

I'm just referring to web pages.
If the site in question performs the service well- that would be a bonus.
If you need some examples of technology- here:

A good working URL would essentially be a marriage
of the above examples and a Google/Bing search API.
Get it?

The value would be astounding for scholars and journalists.
If it doesn't exist-
build it yourself with some Google ad money support.
Thank me for your new retirement fund built on this
web design later if you don't turn up anything
that readily exist on the WWW to date. ;-)

FYI, this was a "find similar articles" keyword search here at Meta Filter:



posted by jpeek345 to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So...finding similar articles has been a central function of scholarly article databases for quite some time. These are some examples from biology, though I know that there are many other analogous tools in other fields for finding similar articles.

News articles are harder, as they generally aren't as well indexed (i.e. looked at by humans and put in categories) as research articles are.

Pubmed does it using an algorithm based on shared key terms and human-assigned subject headings.

Biosis does it using a variety of metrics, mostly based on subject terms and taxonomic criteria.

Web of Science, which actually also covers most scholarly literature, uses shared citations as the basis for finding similar articles.

Depending on your field, there are a number of other tools. Are you a student, or do you live near a public college or university? There are librarians there who would probably be happy to help you become a better researcher! I know that I am happy to help (and required to help) anyone who comes up to the reference desk.
posted by rockindata at 7:20 PM on February 19, 2011

You can use the Google "related:" operator to search for web sites that are similar to a web site you specify. For example, the Google query "" will instruct Google to find sites similar to MetaFilter.

You can also access this feature by going to the Google home page, clicking on "Advanced Search", clicking on the "Date, usage rights, numeric range, and more" button to reveal the "Page-specific tools" section, entering the URL for a web site which interests you into the "Find pages similar to the page" text box, and then clicking Search.

You should also note that if you use Google to do a web search, Google's search results include a "Similar" link next to the "Cached" link that invokes this feature.
posted by RichardP at 12:29 AM on February 20, 2011

Dear community,

Looking at the quality and quantity of feedback I've gotten here already has helped me understand my thinking behind the question I posted yesterday- better.
I suppose I thought that this ideal online URL would read my mind about my specific research goals.
Rather than say it was all just silly of me to ask this, I would like to suggest that a program could have say, three psychological paths that occur most often in human inquiry.
So, my ideal scenerio would be:

(1) Supply the articles words as best I can.

Either by:

(a) supplying the words manually (copy-paste) and/or:

(b) just slapping the URL of the blogpost or article (minus the ads, bloat and cruft) into their "similararticles" machine.

(2) Pick one of three paths common to human inquiry- with three distinctively different article search results....and then keep on this iterative process. You could be wonky and now choose "m.o" #2 after you've gotten your first iterative results and so on and so on....

(Anybody from MIT AI here??)

I think an overnite email results system would be more realistic untill one is the biggest and baddest article repository on the web. Which is diminutive to assume. Because we all need the next guys take on article hosting and disseminating. :)

Thanks guys.


posted by jpeek345 at 7:21 AM on February 20, 2011


I was also pointing at concise paragraphs posted by persons. Alot of this happens in "news". (Short bursts of informative, inspiring, or important or later in ones researching).

So I could have included in my original question:

"I'd like a URL that finds a 'similar assemblage of words'". In every way.

So, perhaps a ""?




P.S. My apologies to Meta Filter but since both answers helped me because of their contrast in answers. More are welcome but i can't decide yet as of the time of this writing. :)
posted by jpeek345 at 6:31 AM on February 21, 2011

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