Mind maps are a fun way to discover related ideas, concepts, and words. VeryRelated.com automatically creates mind maps based on analyzing Yahoo’s snapshot of the web, and applying some “way cool” artificial intelligence algorithms.

How do I view mind maps?

Visit the home page and enter a topic to begin.
We also discuss interesting mind maps on the VeryRelated Blog.

How is this information useful?

The mind map information on VeryRelated leads naturally to discovering cool things about our world. For example, by typing in Indian I discovered that there is a very popular kind of wine called Indian Wine. By typing in Tomato Soup, I discovered a cool recipe for Tomato Soup Cake.

You’ll notice that on the mind map page, there are little magnifying glass icons like this: magnifying glass Simply click the magnifying glass to jump to the Google search results for the related word + the original word.

The relationship information can also be useful for applications such as:

  • keyword discovery
  • search engine optimization (use it as a free keyword generation tool)
  • content enhancement (use the related words as topics to include in a piece of writing)
  • guided search (use the related words to narrow your search on Google)
  • word relationship visualization
  • teaching words and concept relationships to English as a Second Language (ESL) students or children.

How does the relatedness algorithm work?

Our website calculates the “bidirectional relatedness” of words or phrases on the Internet. Bidirectional means the relationship goes both ways. A word is related to another word if the pages containing the word also are likely to contain the other word.

More information on this type of algorithm can be found on Wikipedia under “Semantic Relatedness“.

How do you generate your data?

We use the Yahoo Web Search API to gather possible words that may be related to a certain word. Then we apply the relatedness algorithm to calculate if the words are related. Our database has hundreds of thousands of words, and millions of “links” between words indicating how highly the word pairs are related. We then rank the relationships to display the mind maps.

What do the Mind Map graphs mean?

In the graphs, the bubbles are bigger if the words are more popular on the Internet. The bubbles are closer together if they are more closely related to each other.

Is there an API available?

Yes, we now have an experimental API available.

Our web service API (Applications Programming Interface) allows a software developer to freely access the data contained within this website and include it in another application or service. Currently it is free for non commercial use, and commercial use is definitely a possibility for the near future.

Who created this website?

This website was created by Geoff Peters at Birds in The House Productions. Geoff is a software developer, jazz pianist, and food photographer from Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The semantic relatedness algorithm used in this site was invented by Sigal Blay and Geoff Peters.

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