If you want to please me. . .

There is one, appareearently simple problem that I would love to be able to resolve: it’s about Google Scholar, so anyone not familar with BibTeX, this is going to feel odd.

If I give you a (very large) BibTeX file, I would like three things:

  • Go on GScholar, and fetch all the citation from these papers and establish the directed graph between those reference (and with other suggested papers too, if they are cited/citing more then x times those in my current library);
  • Order and structure it not by importance in general, but within that question — and let me correct that rating, and re-calculate centrality based on my inputs;
  • Cluster and draw the whole thing in a legible manner; interactive, hierarchical and colourful if need be.

To do that, one need to isolate the Google Scholar identifiers, and those of

No body wants to do that? Anybody be interested? Then I’d maybe should roll up my own sleeves. . .

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About Bertil

I'm a PhD student in Digital Economics, and I love viennoiserie. Je suis un doctorant en économie (numérique) et j'aime la viennoiserie.
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2 Responses to If you want to please me. . .

  1. I don’t think Google has released an API for Scholar yet. They published Books today, so I assume it’s in the pipeline. Lots of cool services for academics are going to emerge once they actually do release an API. The app you describe sounds relatively easy to build… and quite useful. It be great to get up to date impact factor, etc… and integrate all that in real time as you write so you’d know the strength of your references, etc….

  2. Bertil says:

    Not sure what would be their interest in releasing an API — but I’m not sure what was the point in Scholar in the first place, apart love for all bookworms. Is it that difficult to set up an API? Don’t you know anyone inside who could do it?

    I don’t know if you should use Google Scholar for impact factor: with an automated process, they might have holes. I’m using as a recommendation engine, so it is less of a problem.

    A friend told me it was a few lines of Python — so I might be able to do it. . .

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