Today’s post will be different from my usual “stream of consciousness” style. Instead, I want to share the fruit of my labors experimenting with similar site search engines.
I set out to find an engine that exposed communities more than it advertised for already popular sites. So, I began with SimilarSites, asking it for a list of sites similar to itself. In this manner, I generated a list of search engines, plugging each into itself to get more lists, and so on. I tested each engine by looking for sites similar to arXiv, not being satisfied with any of the results—except for that of similicio.us. Although this engine is a few years dated, and its results are too, the particular algorithm chosen by the engine’s creators does well to dig up hard to find communities.
So here it is, a “complex systems roll” generated by searching for sites similar to the New England Complex Systems Institute, then sites similar to those sites, and so on until I stopped finding new content.
If I missed any communities, let me know here, on Twitter, or share it in the subreddit. ∎
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