A new feature for Microsoft Academic Search – The Genealogy Graph RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • The study of the relationships among scientists has been proven useful in different ways. It helps to find experts in specific areas, to understand research trends and to discover related publications. Microsoft Academic Search (MAS) contains a rich database of authors and already implemented the Co-author Graph that illustrates how authors collaborated together on their publications, the Co-author Path that shows the connection between two authors via their co-authorships and the Paper Citation Graph to navigate through the publications via their citations. To enable further understanding of the relationships among scientists, we have developed the Genealogy Graph, a new academic family tree.

    Based on information mined from the web and collected via user inputs, the Genealogy Graph displays the advisor and advisee relationships among researchers. The central node corresponds to the current author while the nodes on top of him (or her) represent advisors and the nodes below him (or her) represent advisees. If a particular author has many advisees, the graph groups them accordingly to their current organization. Furthermore, the edge to the current author is shorter if the two authors have a large number of co-publications. Example for Dr. Raj Reddy from Carnegie Mellon University:

    A professor usually has many students over the years, MAS is a search engine focusing on academic content, MAS is not designed to capture ALL advisor-advisee relationships. Rather, MAS only extracts and displays authors with verifiable information (e.g. homepage, affiliation). If a user wants to add or edit the genealogy information, please make sure there exists verifiable information about the authors and their advisor-advisee relationship. 


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    Friday, January 6, 2012 3:55 AM