Determine the most and least connected book
I'm moving this discussion from Sascha's thread "Graph view with older Zettelkastens" so as not to spoil their fun, and we can run on off-topic.
@r1tger said over on another post:
Why have you settled on incoming links as the indicator for note ranking? What about considering outbound links, the number of tags, or the number of links to structure notes?
Mainly pragmatism :-). I figure that if I reference a note a lot in other notes, the information in the note being referenced is "more valuable", since I keep coming back to it. I don't do tagging, and structure notes are a later addition to my Zettelkasten, and are treated as regular notes, but with a lot of outgoing links. So those two are out too. Does either of those help you in using your Zettelkasten? I'm always looking to improve this metric.
I completely understand the need for pragmatism. I tag most notes and sometimes use a tag in a search, for example, if I want to limit my search query to #coding or #ENGL463. I'm still waiting for the logic of tagging to light a fire in my ZK, and maybe it won't. I'm keeping an open mind. We'll see. I treat my structure notes much like you do, as regular notes.
Together, tags and structure notes don't help considerably, but they are indispensable with some questions. I'm starting to get a clue that my structure notes want me to give them more attention and love.
A weighted system would capture all the values of a particular zettel. For example, 1 point for each inbound and .75 for each outbound link, maybe .5 for each tag, and .25 for each link on a structure note. What do you think of this idea?
The zsh script I use for the output below is an early attempt but is sloooow. Here we are looking at a small sample of my top nine book notes and how well or not so well they are connected.
B-Quintessential Dzogchen 201901301240 - Total Links: 113 : (In 73 - Out 40) Score 103 B-Ecodharma 202007050647 - Total Links: 80 : (In 42 - Out 38) Score 70.5 B-Meditations on Self-Discipline 201901021303 - Total Links: 78 : (In 45 - Out 33) Score 69.75 B-Rationality: From AI to Zombies 201910281639 - Total Links: 69 : (In 30 - Out 39) Score 59.25 B-Environmental And Nature Writing 202008061944 - Total Links: 62 : (In 13 - Out 49) Score 49.75 B-The Extended Mind 202203031429 - Total Links: 53 : (In 13 - Out 40) Score 43 B-The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po 201903141853 - Total Links: 52 : (In 8 - Out 44) Score 41 B-Techniques For Producing Ideas 202206251631 - Total Links: 51 : (In 26 - Out 25) Score 51.75 B-Haiku Book One 202001011457 - Total Links: 50 : (In 9 - Out 41) Score 39.75
I also use the incoming links metric to programmatically ask my Zettelkasten how to find the least number of related notes between two separate ideas, but that's getting off-topic.
This is intriguing. I'm not sure how you'd use this metric. Why would I want to know "the least number of related notes between two separate ideas?" Please tutor me.
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