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What is Wiks?

Every topic in Wikipedia links both to and from other topics, like a candle burning at both ends:

candle burning at both ends

Wiks offers a new approach to searching Wikipedia: forward or back, burn whichever wick gets you closer to what you’re looking for. Spend less time sifting through irrelevant text and get where you’re going faster.

Or just pass the time following the often surprising connections between articles. Can you get from X to Y to Z?

Using Wiks

Wiks was made to get you from what you know to what you need, without forcing you to read every word in between. Clicking through links in Wikipedia is like following a knotted rope:

extended rope

Wiks filters out all the boring text, extracting and displaying only the links between topics. This lets you jump from knot to knot (i.e., topic to topic) without all the extra reading:

rope on Wiks

To find what you’re looking for, enter a search term and tap a result to begin tracing a path to the information you need. Every time you tap a topic word in the list, it becomes the new “root word” and generates its own list of related topics.

When you reach an interesting topic word, tap the Wikipedia icon to view its full article. (You can also tap the word in the title bar to see its Wikipedia page.)

How it works

Wiks uses principles of graph theory to let you trace along the structure of information in Wikipedia, rather than get bogged down in content you’re not interested in. Each page’s title is a “node” or “vertex” on the graph.

There may be many paths between where you are and where you need to be. With clever searching and filtering, you can find your information faster than simply browsing Wikipedia.

Filtering

There are three ways topics can be linked to a root word:

In Link In Link: some topic links to the current root  
  Out Link: the current root links to some topic In Link
In Link - Loop Loop Link: root and topic link to each other In Link - Loop

Buttons along the top of each topic’s list of links let you focus on a specific class of links. Press the “In Links” icon to show only those links; press the “Out Links” icon to show those links as well. Press a button again to toggle it off.

Strategies

Depending on what you’re researching, some types of links are more useful than others. E.g., if you’re looking for what other bands members of a particular band have been in, you’d expect member names to be “Loop Links” to the band you know about, and bands that a particular member has been involved with would also be “Loop Links.”

If you’re playing a “Degrees of Separation” game, you would probably focus on “Out Links” and perhaps “Loop Links.” If you’ve written an article in Wikipedia yourself, you might check its “In Links” to see who’s linking to what you’ve written.

Support

We hope this has given you enough information to start using Wiks effectively. If you would like more information, or have questions about how to use Wiks better, please contact us at support.wiks@sedify.com. You can also visit our website at http://sedify.com/wiks/.

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