Thursday, January 25, 2007 is online

Dave has just publicly announced a new project that he has been playing with for a couple of months now. is a website that allows you to rate new papers on the quant-ph arXiv each day.

How does this work?

You register with the site and everyday you go there and "SciTe" papers that you think are pretty snazzy.

Why would you want to do this?

I think Dave explained this pretty well:

"The idea came from the observation that while the arxiv is a amazing tool, one of the problems was that the volume of papers was high and, to put it bluntly, the quality of these papers was not necessarily so great. So the question became, how do I do something to filter out the arxiv? Now, of course, everyone will want a slightly different filter. One person’s noise might be indeed another persons operatic masterpeice. But there should be a way to produce at least “some” kind of filter based on the quality of the work. And certainly computers aren’t smart enough to do this filtering (okay that’s a challenge to all you AI people out there!) And using citations is too slow. But there is a group of experts out there who can do pretty good filtering…"

The website looks kinda bare-bones, is it finished yet?

Not by a long shot. There's a bunch of stuff that will be happening to it in the next few weeks (after QIP). If you have any ideas, let Dave know at the new SciRate blog. Oh, and keep your eyes on the SciRate website for new updates and new features...