CPFAQ: Quora Topic Ontology

Quora Topic Ontology

I’m working on a project this year to build a competitive programming FAQ. This is one in a series of articles describing the research, writing, and tool creation process. To read the whole series, see my CPFAQ category page.

This week, I published a post to the Quora Topic Gnomery blog on the subject of competitive programming topic cleanup. It generated some discussion about how competitive programming topics on Quora should be organized, and prompted me to look into the Quora Topic Ontology.

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CPFAQ: Quora Topic Cleanup

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I’m working on a project this year to build a competitive programming FAQ. This is one in a series of articles describing the research, writing, and tool creation process. To read the whole series, see my CPFAQ category page.

As part of the FAQ research process, I’m creating a canonical list of Quora topics related to competitive programming. Like many things on Quora, topics in this area are a bit messy. Or as the Quora Topic Gnomes say:

Quora’s Topics are a free-for-all, and that often creates greatness, but it really requires crowdsourced curation to make it all it can be.

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CPFAQ: Collecting Quora Topics

Quora Related Topics

I’m working on a project this year to build a competitive programming FAQ. This is one in a series of articles describing the research, writing, and tool creation process. To read the whole series, see my CPFAQ category page.

In recent weeks, I have been experimenting with ways to collect Quora questions, especially those that don’t appear in standard views like search engine results and the All Questions page. But I also want to make sure that the questions I collect from alternative sources are relevant, since I eventually need to manually evaluate the best questions for a FAQ. Last week I started filtering on the Competitive Programming topic tag, but I realized that this can filter out relevant questions. To see why that is, I’m investigating how Quora topics work.

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