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Six degrees of book similarities

Shortest path between 'Homer's Iliad' and 'Programming C++' is ?
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The history of the idea of six degrees of separation has been written several times. For more information, works of Karinthy, Milgram, Barabási are good starters [link]. Erdös numbers, the Oracle of Bacon, the wikipedia game, etc. are well none elements of our popular culture.[link]

After frequent use of Amazon's 'customers who bought this book also bought...' service, the following idea quickly presents itself: Fetch the similarity graph of books from Amazon and make an 'Oracle of Bacon'-type service where links between any two books can be quickly found. How is Homer's Iliad related to Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming? Simple, those who bought the Iliad have also bought Plato's Republic, those who bought Plato's Republic also both Euclid's Elements, ... ... ...

Is the graph connected? If it is, what is its diameter, if not, what are the connected components. Which book is the most central? How does all this change if we limit ourselves to the few most important neighbors? Note that the items are not books in the everyday sense like 'Homer's Iliad' but products like 'The Iliad (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)'.

This could be an interesting tool for discovering new books, and it would be FUN.

lkozma, Dec 18 2008

Karinthy http://en.wikipedia...ki/Frigyes_Karinthy
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Milgram http://en.wikipedia...iki/Stanley_Milgram
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Barabasi http://en.wikipedia...C3%B3_Barab%C3%A1si
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Erdos http://en.wikipedia...iki/Paul_Erd%C5%91s
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Oracle of Bacon http://oracleofbacon.org/
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(?) Aaron Swarz havin the same idea http://theinfo.org/view/help
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Amazon similarity graph http://www.archive....n_similarity_graph/
[lkozma, Dec 18 2008]

http://www.gnod.net/ http://www.gnod.net/
Gnod is an experiment in the field of artificial intelligence. Its a self-adapting system, living on its server and 'talking' to everyone who comes along. Gnod's intention is to learn about the outer world and to learn 'understanding' its visitors. This enables gnod to share all its wisdom with people in an intuitive and efficient way. You might call it a search-engine to find things you don't know about. There's versions on music, books and movies too. Have a go, is this what you were thinking of? [zen_tom, Dec 18 2008]


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