SPat wrote:So now that we have a large number of profiles, maybe we should think of compiling them. As it stands, it is pretty tedious for someone to sift through three pages of profiles to find relevant ones. Is it possible to have some sort of a search engine, which will search for profiles based on some parameters like PGRE score, GPA, area of interest, schools, etc.?
What I have in mind is, a search like "PGRE: 800-900" + "international" + "astrophysics" + "caltech OR mit OR chicago" should return a set of relevant profiles.
Is this feasible? Unfortunately, I know 0 programming so I can't do this by myself, but I'm willing to help someone with some of the necessary dogwork.
SPat wrote:bfollinprm wrote:It would be nice if people would update their User Profile under User Control Panel...
Didn't know about this feature. Still it would be better if searching were possible.
quizivex wrote:I agree, ctrl-F can accomplish most of what you want. If you just search through all the Caltech's on the thread, right near the school name it'll say if they're applying to astro. Then check if they're international and look at the PGRE score. That should only take a minute or two (excluding the time it takes to read the ones you want)... The sample size isn't that large.
A database format might be more searchable, but it's not as friendly a format as a current template. In the template, people can list everything relevant that they want to for each entry, and the profile ends up being a nicely presentable list of info. Users can elaborate on things such as research, copy the UgradSchool/major/GPA section if they have two degrees, add a second GRE score if they took it twice, and delete the "special bonus points" entry if they have none. A database may make searching easier, but you end up forcing pieces of info into boxes of a set size, so you'll get a lot of empty and overfilled ones.
bfollinprm wrote:Another thing that would be helpful is an option to display all posts on a single page, because the slowest part of ctrl-F is switching pages.
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