Are the complete set of Tags and links to corresponding questions publicly available?

If so, does anyone have experience mining them? Browsing vs Searching. Browsing could be improved by graphical ZUI (Zoomable User Interface) similar to Google Maps or Prezi (Flash based).

Zoom in to the rank-ordered histogram of Tags until links to individual questions are visible.

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    the tag system isn't hierarchical, so a zooming interface will have at most one level to dig. And the second level explodes in thousands of items Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 20:38
  • Hierarchies and related indexes (eg posets/DAGs) could be constructed dynamically based by exploring relations b/w tags & Wolfram Language, like here: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/66397/… Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 20:45
  • @belisarius, btw could be applied to other SE groups, some of which might be more hierarchical than others, eg Math. If the tags there can be related to AMS (3-tier) or similar classifications. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 20:47
  • That is a long shot. I don't think SE sites are worried about tag normalization. But perhaps I'm wrong. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 20:49
  • Depends what you mean by normal, eg translate.google's engine is based quantitative n-gram analysis of ~10^7 documents that were not manually normalized. You can do a lot w/ large datasets. And SE should worry about scalability as the Q&A corpus increases. It's already hard to search, and browsing is no better than wikipedia. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 21:00
  • SE was criticized many times about that. They always answer more or less the same: "searching is not our core business, use Google"- Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 21:06
  • Google PageRank wasn't meant for graph (or tree etc) display & navigation, even though they own maps.google, a hierachial ZUI. You'd think they could connect the dots, eg display Google Drive folders by a more immersive tree view than last century's Finder model. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 21:15
  • I would like to see a useful browsing interface. I'm just saying that it ain't easy, and the powers that be are not concerned about facilitating it. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 21:22
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    @belisarius, another view could be by timeline, where tags are arranged in parallel "swim lanes" like this > mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/60927/…. These can then be sorted vertically by various criteria like volume, most recent etc. Though much of the information will be iconized or suppressed, timeline views afford a more relational view vs tag-by-tag navigation. Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 23:49
  • That's a very interesting idea Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 1:20

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I am not sure I understand but this page lists all tags by popularity (occurrence) and clicking on a specific tag name will bring up a (multi-page) list of all questions bearing that tag.

  • That page is the inspiration, but rather than clicking manually, is there a URI that exposes them all for Import? Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 4:05
  • @alancalvitti I think you are looking for this: api.stackexchange.com -- please explore that yourself and tell me if that is not the case.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 4:06
  • That looks like work to review. Looking for something easy to get started like Import["m.se/tags/get=all&links=true","JSON"] almost 2015, the age is REST. Do you know linked data JSON-LD and Named Data Networking (NDN)? Everything is served as a resource w/ a global URL. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 19:13
  • @alancalvitti you will probably be interested in SE analytics by Pickett :)
    – Kuba Mod
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 13:24
  • @Kuba, I tried to import all users, but longer lists, like pagesize=200, get "Bad Request". Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 17:47

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