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eTBLAST: a text-similarity based search engine

Friday, November 18th, 2011

eTBLAST: a text-similarity based search engine

eTBLAST from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech lies at the heart of the Deja vu search service.

Unlike Deja vu, the eTBLAST interface is not limited to citations in PubMed, but includes:

  • NASA
  • Medical Cases
  • PMC Full Text
  • PMC (paragraphs)
  • PMC Medical Cases
  • Clinical Trials
  • Arxiv
  • Wikipedia
  • VT Courses

There is a set of APIs, limited to some of the medical material.

While I was glad to see Arxiv included, given my research interests, CiteSeerX, or the ACM, IEEE, ALA or other information/CS would be of greater interest.

Among other things, I would like to have the ability to create a map of synonyms (can you say “topic map?”) that could be substituted during the comparison of the literature.

But, in the meantime, definitely will try the interface on Arxiv to see how it impacts my research on techniques relevant to topic maps.