Quantum Computing Miner


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Quantum Computing is a new miner, available now at


Find resources relevant to quantum computing, searches, retrieval, and information assurance.

Access from introductory to advanced research papers and how-to articles. This 2017, move beyond classic IR and computing stuff and forward to new research paradigms like quantum information retrieval, quantum searches, quantputers, and their implications to encryption and information security.

During the last 20 years, quantum computing has mature and is now in the fast lane.

We already have quantum computers, quantum programming languages, and quantum pagerank algorithms. We even have quantum hackers and crackers.

So university computer science departments may want to start embracing quantum-oriented research projects and affine technologies. Same goes for private companies and marketing research companies.

So the challenge for this 2017 and upcoming years is…

“To bit, or not to bit, that is the qubit:”

Mining Brain Disorders with Fractal Geometry


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Fractal Geometry does it again! Happy to see fractal analysis being implemented as both a data mining and analysis tool.

A new University of Liverpool (1) study published in Neuropsychology! (2) indicates that it may be possible to detect Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders in artists before they are diagnosed.

The abstract (2, 3) of What paint can tell us: A fractal analysis of neurological changes in seven artists. and authored by Forsythe, Alex; Williams, Tamsin; Reilly, Ronan G.
Neuropsychology, Vol 31(1), Jan 2017, 1-10 states and quote:

“Can age-indexed variations in the fractal dimension of the works of artists anticipate specific cognitive deteriorations?

Method: To answer this question we analysed age-related variations in the fractal dimension of a large corpus of digital images (n = 2092) of work created by seven notable artists who experienced both normal ageing and neurodegenerative disorders.

Results: The results of our analysis showed that patterns of change in the fractal dimension of the paintings differentiated artists who suffered neurological deterioration from those of normal aging controls.

Conclusions: These findings are of importance for two reasons. Our work adds to studies that demonstrate that fractal analysis has the potential to determine the provenance of paintings. Secondly, our work suggests that may be possible to identify a-typical changes in the structure of an artist’s work; changes that may be early indicators of the onset of neurological deterioration.”

End of the quote.


1. https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2016/12/29/can-paint-strokes-help-identify-alzheimers/
2. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/neu/31/1/1/
3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/neu0000303

Quantum Computers & Quantum Searches: The Next IS and IR Frontier


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That Quantum Computing and Searching is the next Information Security (IS) and Information Retrieval (IR) frontier is more than clear. According to Phys.org and quote

“The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is officially asking the public for help heading off a looming threat to information security: quantum computers, which could potentially break the encryption codes used to protect privacy in digital systems. NIST is requesting methods and strategies from the world’s cryptographers, with the deadline less than a year away.”

Read more at:


Now that Quantum Computers and Quantum Searches are at a corner near you, the implications are many: from search marketing to search apps, from social grids, to quantum PCs, from big challenges to big data, from quantum retrieval to mind retrieval: The sky is the limit. Back in 2013 we mentioned quantum searches in the context of XOR/XNOR searches.


A miner on quantum searches will soon be available at http://www.minerazzi.com. In the meantime, see some useful links below:


The LIGO Miner


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This is a new miner, built with our in-context crawler, available now at


12-23-2016 Update: BREAKING NEWS: LIGO discovery named Science’s 2016 Breakthrough of the Year.


As its name states, our LIGO miner finds resources relevant to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project, one of the largest NSF-funded projects and that is praised by the scientific community for its discoveries, receiving a lot of attention, recognition, and prizes all over the world.

The LIGO Project allows scientists to better understand and see the Universe: i.e., to see and analyze gravitational waves due to distant objects and events, like the collision and merging of black holes. It has already proven Albert Einstein theory of gravitational waves. See these links


A course on the subject has been available online for a long time at


To learn more about LIGO, visit these links:


This is a new way of seeing the Universe. It also opens the door for new technologies at the intersection of many disciplines like noise reduction, optics, among others; hence the importance of developing this miner.

Back in 1991, the New York Times reported that experts clashed over the project. Back then Dr. J. Anthony Tyson, an astrophysicist at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories, and at the time chairman of the Astronomy Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, polled astronomers as to their views about the project: “I perused a list of about 2,000 astronomers and picked 70 who seemed to me likely to have thought about LIGO,” Dr. Tyson said in an interview. “I got 60 replies, and they ran 4 to 1 against LIGO. Most of the astrophysical community seems to feel it would be very difficult to get any important information from a gravity-wave signal, even if one should be detected.”

See the full story at this link:


Those detractors were all wrong! 26 years latter, I wonder what happened with them or what they are thinking these days.

The Challenge Now:

Are you ready for LIGO and a new kind of Astronomy?

Would you like to build curated collections about LIGO?

Then try our miner.


Here is a nice Mashable article on the subject


discovered with the miner for the query [einstein].

New Records added to WikiMiner


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New set of records were added to the WikiMiner at http://www.minerazzi.com/wikiminer using our newest contextual crawler (in discrete mode and 1 level of depth).

For those that at this inning of the game are still interested in the old podesta-clinton email saga (not sure why), try this:

A search for [podesta] in the WikiMiner retrieves records relevant to Podesta emails. Once in the results page you may recursively discover new records by recrawling the results.

For instance, search for [podesta] and click the Links Tool (black rectangular chain icon) under the second result (https://www.wikileaks.com/podesta-emails) to discover new records. You will be presented with two set of records: Externals and Internals .

The Links tool now displays at the right of each new record. Click the tool again, for instance for one the Internal results, to discover more records. By repeating the process you will be recrawling and discovering over and over new records.

You may play in this way with some of the miners available at http://www.minerazzi.com


An In-Context Topic Crawler


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I have completed a breadth-first in-context crawler that traverses the Web, recursively discovering links in two modes:

1. continuous mode: without stopping.
2. discrete mode: controlled by the user.

The first mode quickly fills a small database, but still makes the crawler to act like a vacuum cleaner, collecting all kind of garbage; i.e. links that might be irrelevant to a topic-specific database are also grabbed.

The second one is slower, but lets me decide whether to continue or stop the crawling at a given recursion level and based on topic criteria, reducing the amount of garbage gathered. Relative urls are automatically resolved into absolute ones, a bit tricky task when recursion is involved.

In addition to links, the crawler selectively extracts strings that match specific patterns like email addresses, phone numbers, zip codes, etc. Contextual keywords surrounding the patterns are also collected so these can be reciprocally mapped. The goal is the development of a service that consumes in-context pattern-specific databases–great for people searches, intelligence, and marketing. So far the project simplifies even more the building of topic miners.


Mapping IPs: The Wikipedia Way?


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Some services apparently used by Wikipedia for mapping IPs to other resources. Great for business intelligence, tracking users, spammers, marketing research,…

We used them to test yahoo.com’s IP (

Replace any instances of with the one you want to test.




MUST Tool Enhancements


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We have enhanced the MUST tool, available at


This is a redirection checker tool that upon url redirections reports initial and final status codes, URLs, and IP addresses.

The tool now:

1. accepts 500 urls per submission.
2. summarizes broken and active URLs.

This is one of several tools that we use in-house for re-indexing databases and cleaning up crawl results, except without url limitations.

Shopping & Shopper Miner


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This miner has been reindexed with new content, ahead of time the Black Friday and Holiday Season special offers & deals.

It is available at http://www.minerazzi.com/shopper/

The miner now features an SPP-powered news service with consumer alerts, recalls, and fraud reports

Use it to find coupon deals, price comparisons, holidays offers, consumer reports, and more.