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Query Wikipedia from your terminal

I refer Wikipedia frequently. I use this BASH function to help me do that from the terminal. For explanation of how this works head over here.

BASH function

# wiki
# eg: wiki India
#     wiki Apple_Inc
#     wiki Anglo_Saxon
    dig +short txt $

Example usage

prashanth@prashanth-desktop:~$ wiki India ...

Topic extraction using Wikipedia data

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In an earlier article, I mentioned that I was trying to use Wikipedia data to do news article clustering to make it easy for me follow news feeds. I have made some progress. I’ve written an ...

Google’s Knol - A new Wikipedia?


Google has announced “Knol”. In their words

a new, free tool that we are calling “knol”, which stands for a unit of knowledge. Our goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it.

… The key idea behind the knol project is ...

Wikipedia Category Graph Generator

I was in the process of trying to understand the classification schemes available in Wikipedia (categories, lists and navigation maps) when I came across this nifty tool. It is very useful to understand the inter-relationships between Wikipedia categories.

You can check it out here:

Ways to process and use Wikipedia dumps   Wikipedia is a superb resource for reference (taken with a pinch of salt of course). I spend hours at a time spidering through its pages and always come away amazed at how much information it hosts. In my opinion this ranks amongst the defining milestones of mankind’s advancement.

Apart ...

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