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Monday, January 22, 2007

A toy for your amusement...

I'm going to be busy for the next two weeks or so with a time-dependent project, so my blogging may be a little lower in quality than normal. This is, of course, essentially the same as saying that instead of it merely sucking, it will blow as well, but that's not the point.

To keep you occupied today, I thought I'd share a neat little toy with all of you. It's called Amaznode and it is a way to produce a network graph of products on the Amazon.com "People who bought this, also liked this" list. You just throw in a search term, like an author, and watch the tool dig away.

To give an example, let's try a search for everyone's favorite blogger: Jeremy Freese. We enter his name and execute our search, and eventually get the following image:



If you mouse over any of the book covers in the network, you get a title. And, as you can see, there's Jeremy's magnum opus:



If you want to see a really interesting network graph, try a search for Playboy or Harrison C. White.* A neat little diversion, and a useful way to maybe learn a few things.

Have fun!


* Which you choose depends primarily on exactly how juvenile you are.

1 Comments:

Blogger jeremy said...

Hilarious! (Meanwhile, I continue to wonder whether it is a permanent rather than a temporary thing that two things for which I'm most broadly known in sociology are a non-academic project (my blog) and a non-sociology project (the Stata book).)

Monday, January 22, 2007 11:18:00 AM  

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