Weblogging Ecosystem



Thanks to my colleague and friend Sivakumar Thyagarajan for pointing me to the 3rd Annual Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem (hosted by blogpulse) and to the paper by Kyumars Sheykh Esmaili, Mohsen Jamali, Mahmood Neshati, Hassan Abolhassani and Yasaman Soltan-Zadeh, "Experiments on Persian Weblogs."

This paper, authored by researchers at the Semantic Web Reserach Laboratory at Sharif University of Technology focuses on an analysis of the blogs created in the "persianblog.com" domain.

What I found interesting in the paper may perhaps be mundane to many of you. The authors suggest that if the ratio of internal links of a group of blogs to external links grows beyond a certain threshold (2? 2.5?), the group of blogs can be considered to form a separate social network.

The authors suggest that the slow rate of convergence for the Page-Brin "page-rank" equation could be due to internal, small-sized communities within a larger social network.

In comparison, they note the rapid convergence of the Kleinberg "authority-hub" equation (when it is calculated devoid of a query, which is not the common way of doing it) to a result that has little similarity to "page-rank".


Comments:

Hello Masood, I don't mean to bother you but your blog came up first when attempting to find an Azeri restaurant in Chicago. Do you happen to know of any? Thanks, Elizabeth

Posted by Elizabeth on May 30, 2006 at 06:03 AM PDT #

I think very highly of Chicago, certain parts of Azerbijan can get equally cold at winter time, and the Indiana University at Bloomington offers courses in Azeri, and I speak Azeri!

Hence, your finding of my website.

However, I'm afraid I've never been at Chicago long enough to identify an Azeri restaurant. It might be good to look at Persian restaurants. Start there, and see if they know of any which focus on Azeri dishes.

My paternal grandmother and aunt, who've now long passed away, used to make "ghosh-vara ashi" when we're children. We loved it, and they said they'd learned it while living in Baku. It is a specific North Azerbaijan dish. South Azerbijan dishes are along similar lines. Lots of "ash," and there's also a very specific black "halva" from Ardebil (dashteh moghan area) that's worth trying.

If you find any such restaurant, let me know, too.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on May 30, 2006 at 06:11 AM PDT #

Hi Masoud, It's so funny any time I search for something I end up coming here. Believe it or not, this time I was searching for "most popular persian blogs" and yours was on the third page! I thought I'd leave a comment here just as well :) sorry if it's not related to this post. (the reason I was searching for that was to market my new online store, check it out if u're interested in World Cup gear. Cheers. store.legofish.com)

Posted by legofish on June 01, 2006 at 08:51 AM PDT #

You certainly have a good sense of design.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on June 01, 2006 at 02:35 PM PDT #

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