Fanfiction, Graphs, and PageRank
On a website called fanfiction.net, users write millions of stories about their favorite stories. They have diverse opinions about them. They love some stories, and hate others. The opinions are noisy, and it’s hard to see the big picture.
With tools from mathematics and some helpful software, however, we can visualize the underlying structure.
In the following post, we will visualize the Harry Potter, Naruto and Twilight fandoms on fanfiction.net. We will also use Google’s PageRank algorithm to rank stories, and perform collaborative filtering to make story recommendations to top fanfiction.net users.
If you’re not interested in the details, you can skip to the following:
Interactive Graphs: Harry Potter, Naruto, Twilight
Story Rankings: Harry Potter, Naruto, Twilight
Story Recommendations: Harry Potter, Naruto, Twilight
And of course, you might skim below to see the pretty pictures!
I recently started watching a television show called Numbers, and this interesting use of mathematics to create cool and useful software reminds me of that show.