One of the key features of Butterflyzer is that it allows you to Navigate through enormous amounts of information to zero in on just what you need and get rid of those pieces you don't.
Use the power of graphs in your internet research.
To help us to understand graph relationships, Butterflyzer provides powerful and easy to user graphing tools. The best way to understand how they work is to explore.
Before getting started, you might want to:
To quickly see the items related to a given Semantic Tag:
If you've been working with Butterflyzer already, Create a new Catalog (optional).
Perform a Search on the term "Apple".
Open the "Collections" entry in the Outline is it is not already open.
Open the "Queries" entry. (Butterflyzer will be updating this information constantly as the search progresses.)
Navigate to the "Apple" Search Term and click on it.
The graph updates with the terms associated with the term "Apple". All of the related terms fit together into a search box.
To see more complex relationships between multiple entities, try this:
Select "John Sculley" and "Steve Wozniak". See Selecting Multiple Items.
The view updates to display the relationships between articles with those two names.
The items that both arrows point to contain both Tags. The items on the bottom left only mention "Steve Wozniak". There are no articles that mention "John Sculley" and don't also mention "Steve Wozniak".
Note how you can quickly identify complex relationships between entities in this way.
Now let's look at how we can use the graph tools to find out what's inside a web page without looking and to discover connections between web pages.
To show complex relationships between a number of different semanticall realted Web Pages, let's look at how people are related within stories about Apple:
That's a lot of information! In the next section, we'll clean that up a bit.
There are many ways that you can filter information to reduce the size and complexity of a graph. See the Filter Menu section for more ideas.
To reduce the clutter in your graph:
When we've removed categories and cliques from the graph we often see "islands" of unrelated items.
To remove uninteresting items from a graph:
The graph should now look like this. Naturally, Steve Jobs is in the center.
There are many things you can do to simplify the graph. Let's get rid of the text for the tags so we can focus on the items themselves.
To find out about other options for reducing visual clutter see the Draw Options Menu section.
To hide item text:
There are many ways to customize the display to show just the information that you need in a compelling way.
To make the graph show number of articles by size:
Or you can just download the example file.
For other visualization options, see the Draw Options Menu section.